Short history of engraving

Engraving is closely related to human life since prehistoric times, being an important way of expression with a usefulness today.

The basic method of engraving has not changed for hundreds of years, although technology has now replaced the tools used to increase its utility. However, the most valuable art remains the manual engraving.

For this, the most used tool is the square-shaped chisel with which to reach the V-shaped cut.

In prehistoric times the engraving was applied to stone and clay for pottery. Throughout history, techniques have become more sophisticated and popularity has increased in engraving on various metals, as in colonial times to be considered a form of art.

As a utility, it has become indispensable for culture with the printing technique. The first prints were made with wood engraving. The oldest fragments of this type of print were found in China on silk before the paper was invented.

In Europe, after the ancient civilizations, Gutenberg has connected its destiny with the beginnings of new civilization through its first mobile printing system. Renaissance was the era that gave birth to the most notable masters of engravers, who still inspire artists in this field.

It was Victorian to popularize engraving as decoration on weapons, watches, jewels, adding value to them. This personalization is still the main reason for choosing manual engraving.