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This Tool or That Tool? Which Tool is the Best Tool!

I've been in the market for a dapping set.  The question that plagued me for months is which one should I buy?  I want quality but how much am I willing to pay for it?  

Well, Rio Grande has a set from Durston for $225.00.  That is the Cadillac of dapping blocks.  They also carry a set from India for $75.00.  How different can they be?  I really could not tell you and believe me I tried to figure it out.  I even asked Rio but they were not able to give me a straight answer.  
I really needed a dapping set so I made a decision.  I ran out to Harbor Freight and bought whatever dapping block set they had.

My first dapping set.
After a VERY kind gentlemen gave me his 20% coupon I paid $36.00 for this BABY.  Not a bad investment and I had decided ahead of time that what ever the outcome it would be alright.  

I bought a reasonably priced set and got beautiful results!  This doesn't always happen but when it does it's Maarrvelous Darling!  I really can't tell the difference between these and the ones I used in my metalsmithing class.  

I hope this helps anyone out there who is having a hard time deciding what dapping blocks to purchase. 

Yay!  It's almost Friday.  Happy Holidays everyone!!!


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