If you can use a powered graver to cut time without quality loss,
why wouldn't you use the powered tools. The only reason to make
your life harder would be for academic purposes, doing a
re-enactment of old methods for a demonstration.
One of the philosophers of antiquity ( don’t remember who ) said
that “truth shall be born of arguments”. I think it was Plato. So
here we are, arguing, presumably looking for truth. If that is what
we are doing, than the search must be done in the right way, or the
truth will never be found.
What is the right way, one may ask. The answer is avoiding logical
fallacies, or the wrong conclusions will be reached.
In this argument about hand engraving versus and engraving by
motorized tool, the false assumption is made that both methods
produce the same result. They are not ! This fallacy stems from
fundamental misunderstanding of what engraving is.
It is assumed that using graver in any capacity automatically
qualifies as engraving. That is fallacy #2. Usage of tool, does not
make on one a member the group of specialist using the same tool. For
example: I have a surgical scalpel on my bench. Does it mean that I
am a surgeon? Of course not. But somehow, it is assumed that if one
uses graver to remove extraneous metal, such act qualifies him/her as
an engraver. The truth is - it is not.
The fallacy #3 is that while is acknowledged there is a difference
in the results, it is so small that nobody would care. This is over
generalization. Some people would care a great deal. And some people
would pay a great deal for that difference. When we discussing hand
engraving, the connoisseurship cannot be discounted.
The fallacy #4 is the luddite label gets attached to proponents of
hand engraving. This is double fallacy. Preference for traditional
technique does not make one a luddite. The second part is that been a
luddite does not make one automatically wrong. It appears that
luddites were right about some things, or how one can explain growing
popularity of organic farming, green movement, and etc…
I am sure that argument will go on, but let’s try to stay way for
from logical pitfalls.