Carbide Rod
.125" x 1.5" - 50 each
The perfect cutter material for users of Gorton P series pantomills,
as well as any others who require durable cutters ground from 1/8 inch rod.
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  • Does your shop grind cutters in-house to save on the costs and time (and problems) involved in buying pre-ground cutters?
  • Does your shop regrind or resharpen cutters in house to save on the time and costs (and problems) involved in sending them out to be redone?
  • Do these prices look familiar?
    .125" x 1.5" Rod Blank $1.75 - $2.50+
    .125" x 1.5" Rod, split one end 1/4 - 3/8 $2.50 - $4.00+
    .125" x 1.5" Rod, split both ends1/4 - 3/8 $3.50 - $6.00+
    .125" x 1.5" Rod, plain V type cutter $7.50 - $9.50+
    Resharpening $4.50 and UP
     Yes, you're saving a lot of money by doing your own grinding.

     However, there's that unavoidable expense of buying the carbide rod in the first place, which is where I come in...

    .125" x 1.5" Rod Blanks, 50 each

  • This is micrograin carbide rod that was ground into small (.007" - .025" x .125") endmills for use in the aerospace industry, used by a manufacturer, and discarded.
  • The grinding of the endmill portion involves about the last quarter inch of one end of the rod, so there's full diameter for about 1.250", then a taper, which is advantageous for most engravers in that it's material that would have to be ground away anyway.
  • I collected them and cleaned them up, sorted them for defects and anomalies, and I'm offering them for sale at a better price than new rod.
  • If you're paying that $1.75 price noted above, a 100 piece order will save you 125 bucks, if you're paying $2.50, a 100 piece order will save you 200 bucks.
  • I've even researched the pricing direct from the manufacturers of carbide stock, and the best they'll do is 78 each (even the raw, non OD ground stock is 54 per). My price is even lower than that!
  • Larger orders will save you larger amounts, you figure it out. And besides, when I was grinding my own cutters, I always split them at least half an inch on both ends, for maximum usability - those short splits are only good for one or two sharpenings.
  • I've left the cutting ends intact as received, and since the original users set a time limit on the use of each cutter, I found that a great many of them are quite usable and cut very cleanly. Alternatively, some cutters are quite worn, as can be seen through a loupe, and the best thing to do with these is to snap off the tip and regrind them immediately. Since these are being offered as raw stock only, usable cutting ends will be a random bonus, with no guarantee of there being any sharp ones in your order.

    Does This Sound Right For Your Shop?
  • Terms
  • Minimum Order: 25 Pieces
  • Maximum Order: 10,000 Pieces
  • Shipping: $4.65 on orders under 200 pieces, free shipping for orders over 200 pieces. Most orders ship via Priority Mail.
  • Payment: Money Orders, Cashiers Checks, and Company Checks accepted, checks must clear before materials will ship.
    - Special arrangements must be made for credit card purchases, as I am not currently set up to process credit cards

  • Ordering:
  • First, Email me to verify that I have the quantity that you require on hand. I'll email or call you back and let you know if everything's a Go. (While I normally have a lot of carbide on hand, in the unlikely event of a few huge orders, my stock may be momentarily depleted)
  • Second, once I've confirmed your order, mail the payment for your order to me at:
    Gary Deal
    P.O. Box 91
    Copeland, Kansas, 67837
  • Samples: For a free sample, email me and request a sample and tell me about your company, and I'll send you a few pieces to try out.
    - If the above email links won't work in your browser, use this one, it doesn't contain any preformatting.

    Who is this guy, and what does he know?

    And well you might ask.
    I worked in an engraving job shop for several years, operating a Gorton P1 and engraving materials ranging from gravoply plastic to stainless steel (ever see those stainless trash can doors on airplanes that say "WASTE, No Cigarettes"? I did thousands of those, in english, french, japanese, and arabic), with applications ranging from name badges to aircraft parts. After that I worked in a multinational corporation's subdivision, primarily engraving aircraft control panels for the military, including NVIS (night vision compatible) units. Look in the cockpit of any F14 or F16, or any military helicopter, and you'll probably see my work. It was there that I also learned to hand code for CNC mills, as well as create the vector files to feed to a laser engraver.
    During this time, I ground all my own cutters, including those for the CNC mill, from these same pieces of scrap carbide. They worked flawlessly (and boy, is that catalytic high iron paint hard on cutters), and I thought my former employers might be able to make good use of them as well.
    They tried them out and informed me that they were great, especially for the stainless, and they bought enough to last them several years.

    Now it's your turn.

    ©1999 Gary Deal, Gary9000
    It's simple, buy my carbide, engrave stuff, make more money!
    Then buy more, do more, make more!
    Incidentally, I'd really like to get a Famco model 500 cutter grinder, anybody want to trade?