I bought the complete RT System several years ago with the idea
of doing gold-filled names to be hung on split chains.
The press works great and, IMHO is well worth the money as long
as you aren't trying to stamp anything thicker than about 22
gauge. Any thicker than that got us slightly ragged edges that
The problem I had is with the saw (which is made in England). It
is a very long, tedious business to hand-saw your dies with a
kerf. I needed about 400 templates in order to offer a good
selection, which took months of tedious cutting and what seemed
like unending grosses of blades. Thank goodness my assistant at
the time was a man! I don't think I could have done it - the
work was very tiring and exacting.
I believe there is an adjustable-speed electric saw on the
market which would do the job (you must work at a very slow
speed), but the price intimidated me.
I did find another source for sheets of tool steel in 1/16"
thickness locally - and was able to save about 50% on Rio's
price. If your steel is thin - it doesn't hold up to give you as
many impressions before you need to cut another die.
Hope this helps.
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