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    686 engraving has begun

    Houston, Texas engraver Craig Vitello (AKA engraver10 on this forum) has finally started the engraving job on my old S&W 686 (no dash). He keeps in touch as the job progresses and has sent me a few photo's as he begins the lay-out of the project. As the job progresses, I'll try to post the updated photo's. It's unbelieveable the way this guy thinks and lays things out. He's a really talented artist and cuts all this by hand. The cylinder is finished and I have asked him to engrave the Old Navy Eagle on the side plate. Here's all that's been done the past few weeks. I've asked for a "brushed" finish because this one gets shot a lot. One things for sure, it'll be the only one like it.

    The border lay out:
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    The Eagle lay out:
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    The finished cylinder:
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    This is going to be one awesome wheelgun once it's completed. So far the work is pretty impressive. I can't wait to see the progress up and running.
    I like the Old Navy pattern. That should really offset the side panel. Is he going to do scrolling around the S&W rollmark, or will ha be doing something different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearchecker View Post
    This is going to be one awesome wheelgun once it's completed. So far the work is pretty impressive. I can't wait to see the progress up and running.
    I like the Old Navy pattern. That should really offset the side panel. Is he going to do scrolling around the S&W rollmark, or will ha be doing something different?

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    Gregory, I've asked him to border scroll it, then cut it out like he did on my 581.
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    That is real impressive. PLEASE keep us posted. I have been wanting a engraved gun forever but never get around to it.
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    Sha-ZAM, Andy!
    I'm gonna love watching this transformation! What kinda budget does Craig entertain for work similar to what you're having done, grasshopper? I wouldn't know where to start or end-up to begin saving for such artistry.

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    THAT is truly impressive engraving......the real kind........not what they do at S&W today. The days of the true craftsman are numbered. Too bad! Bob
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    Looking great with that engraving!
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    I love eye candy! Keep them pics coming!
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    That is absolutely beautiful!!!


 
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