The 21st Century
C. Roger Bleile
ZERO® ENGRAVING MACHINE – A high precision, manually operated
pantograph engraving machine manufactured by the Cronite Company, Inc.,
of Parsippany NJ. The Zero® Engraving Machine, or “Cronite” as some
engravers call it, was originally designed and manufactured for the
embossed stationary business. Today, some gun and knife engravers use
this machine to reduce original artwork and simultaneously scribe the
design onto the metal surface prior to engraving.
ZIGZAG – The design cut by a wiggle tool. Usually used as border
motifs on 19th century American guns and as scroll backbones in western
bright cut scroll.
Pictured is a zizgag entwining motif engraved on the cylinder of an