The Coulter Precision scribing tool was first brought to my attention by Bob Hergert during an interview a couple of years ago. Since then, I had hemmed and hawed, decided that my tools work just fine, and I can sharpen mine easily as opposed to a tungsten carbide precision point that would be next to impossible to sharpen with my rudimentary drills and stones. This internal dialog kept me away from an excellent tool for a couple of years, and if I ever find myself alone in a dark alley… Save to say, I missed out on a couple of years with an excellent tool. The precision point is not only excellent for stippling, but the lines you create have a nice deep “V” that holds the pigment well. I’ll try to do a comparison of the different tools I use, if I can get a good enough picture setting it on “Super Macro” – but my photography skills are mediocre at best. As a scrimshaw tool, this is one of the best you can buy.
20170708 – Update: Charles’ Etsy site is currently empty, but the eBay site is still active: http://stores.ebay.com/coulterprecision
You can find the Coulter precision tool on Etsy