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How was Engraving Believed to Have Originated

How Engraving Originated

Ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing engraved in a stone

The art of engraving has been in existence since civilization began. In ancient times, people engaged in the art of engraving to honour gods and their rulers. The existence of stone carvings in the Serengeti show that the art had been in existence for nearly 500,000 years.

There is also the existence of the famous statuette of fertility in Austria (The Venus of Willendorf), and carved gemstones referred to as cameos which have been discovered in Rome and Egypt.

Cameos are especially famous in Rome, where they were mainly used in carvings to resemble the likeness of its famed leaders and rulers, such as Alexander the Great and Pliny the Elder. Continue reading

Sign being engraved

Engraving Stainless Steel

Stainless steel engraving isn’t an easy task. It sends shivers down the spin of many engravers. Currently, few engravers are willing to work with stainless steel regardless of the profits involved.=

Stainless steel is always selected for some applications since it is durable, corrosion-resistant and will not contaminate other materials. It is inactive hence doesn’t react with most chemicals, and above all, it is moisture-resistant.
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Trafford Park: the birthplace of Traffolyte.

Traffolyte Engraving: The Infographic

A visual look at Traffolyte engraving, in an easier to digest format

On numerous occasions, we have looked at the wonders of Traffolyte engraving. We have looked at it in written form, but previous accounts haven’t been quite as easy to read over a quick coffee. Or on a ten minute train journey.

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Why Traffolyte is Alright

More reasons to use Traffolyte signage

A Traffolyte Valve Disk with valve name

A Traffolyte valve disk with a valve name.

One of the greatest things about Traffolyte is its use in labelling. Lettering is well defined and legible with text on a high contrast background. They are often used on electrical installations as the plastic does not conduct with electricity. This was why Metropolitan Vickers invented it for their Trafford Park works in 1927 (hence the first six letters of ‘Trafford’ forming its name).

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