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  1. During the past few years, I have tried several methods of fossil preparation, including manual prepping with needles and pin vises as well as some chemical techniques. Earlier this year, I decided to try pneumatic scribes and I purchased two of the Hardy Winkler models. Before deciding on these two scribes, I was informed by the helpful comments of others on the Forum. I am now submitting my comments in the hope of adding to those reviews. Since scribes must be selected with specific purposes in mind, I will state that I am a hobbyist (not a professional) and collect relatively small fo
  2. I'm hoping someone can help me troubleshoot my CP 9361 air scribe. I'm copying my same post from Facebook in hopes to get more visibility. The main issue is that once the stylus touches rock, the stylus jams, or simply stops working. When changing the dial for air from 0 to 5, settings 0-3 blow out little to no air. Setting 4 blows out much air. Setting 5 blows out little to no air. If I turn the dial slowly, sometimes the stylus will engage Sometimes I have to bang the casing on something (either the palm of my hand or the leg of a table) to get it to st
  3. I was wondering if anyone knows whether the KN-95 mask is sufficient enough for air scribing outdoors? And if it isn’t could someone recommend something that would work? I’m mostly asking this because there’s a wider variety of face mask types post-COVID compared to pre-COVID. I’d also prefer the mask to be reasonably priced and easily available.
  4. I was wondering if a blast cabinet is required to air scribe fossils outdoors? (As long as one wears the proper PPE and safety equipment of course.) I’m trying to save some on my setup until I gather the rest of the cash needed to buy the blast cabinet and move my prepping indoors. And besides, the cold has never really bothered me anyways.
  5. Hi everybody. Maybe someone have used th Zoic Palaeotech Velociraptor 2? I am looking for an air scribe for a little bit matrix removal and fine work on different rock types and often with fragile fossils. I found two scribes that are potentially good at that: the Zoic one and the HW10. The Zoic seems to me better in terms of power and versatility and has a very low air consumption, but is two times more expensive than HW10. Zoic can also make a diffuse exhaust, but is it worth? So what is the best scribe for my pruposes? Or maybe there are other scribes that I missed? LSG Lab
  6. I am new to fossil prep, so I figured that air scribe tips would be highly cross compatible. I recently bought two air scribes: one Chicago scribe and one Fossil Shack air scribe. Additionally, because I read it was good, I bought a Paleo Aro 2.5" stylus. It is very sharp, which is excellent, but when I tried to put in in either of my air scribes, it was too wide to fit through the head hole. Would I need to get a whole different air scribe to use the tip, or would I be able to attach a head from Paleotools to the Fossil Shack scribe I already ha
  7. Today's Fossil Friday contribution is about the chicago pneumatic air scribes. Periodic maintenance is highly important, but many new owner dont know how or are intimidated to open them up.
  8. Hey everyone! So I recently purchased The Zoic Chicago, it is a very nice tool but I would like to get something for details. I would love to hear your recommendations!
  9. Haravex

    Barasaurus prep thread

    So, I thought I would share this topic with you all. This is going to be the beginning of a long thread with any luck. This is the first one I have prepared, coming close to the end. It's turned out ok. I feel it could be better, While looking at multiple examples, and studying the bone through journals, previously prepped specimens, and other resources is great. It's a completely different game, learning to prepare first hand, and the differences in each nodule affecting position and rotation of the bones. So a friend of mine contacted me saying he had some unprepared
  10. fossilhunter21

    8315-C Air Scribe Question

    Hi everyone! So I really like the PaleoAro from paleotools.com but I would rather not spend $470. So I am just wondering if the 8315-C from qtena.com would work with the PaleoAro bushing and PaleoAro stylus from paleotools.com? Thank you in advance! -@fossilhunter21
  11. TyrannosaurusRex

    Air Scribe Issues

    Hey all! I’ve been at a loss for what to do with the scribe I purchased due to the fact it simply doesn’t work, and I’m wondering if anyone might have some advice about what I might could try. Perhaps I’m simply missing something I’m not aware of. Back in August, I purchased a Fossil Shack air scribe. Unfortunately, it didn’t work when I received it, and it was sent back. I did receive a replacement several weeks ago, and I got a chance to try and see if it worked over Thanksgiving break from school, but again, no luck. I had been told the one I’d received first was defective, and maybe thi
  12. Volksburgs

    Fossil Shack Scribe

    Hello, I bought a Fossil Shack air scribe but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the needle aka tip out. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
  13. Hello Fossil Forum, Thank you all for the fantastic information I've already been able to find on prep tools and overall prep lab requirements. I'm in the investigation phase right now and am poised to purchase my first air scribes as an upgrade to the electric engraver I've been using so far. My question is this; for any of the Canadian experts out there, do you have any suggestions on where to look for tools and supplies that can be delivered easily within Canada? There are a lot of great retailers out there, but they all seem to be located in the USA or UK, are there any Canadia
  14. PrehistoricWonders

    Air Scribes

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on 1. air scribes you’ve found are good for fossil prep, and 2. All the parts needed for Scribes. I’m not quite sure all the parts needed for a scribe, I know you need the scribe itself and an air compressor, but I don’t know beyond that. P.s; the fossils I’ll be working on will be Green River fish, for the most part.
  15. Preferably to the friends from UK: What is the best preparation method for a Pterichthyodes milleri from the Devonian of Achanarras? Carbide tipped graver, air scribe or abrasive blaster? And if you can use an abrasive blaster, which abrasive is best? The fish is still almost completely covered and lies in a devilishly hard and thick slab. I want to prep the fish from the other side. What you see here should be the ventral side. What do you think? @Terry Dactyll, @Kosmoceras, @James_R_V
  16. zeromangoCO

    Air scribe/air compressor?

    Hi everyone, I just had a question to ask about air scribes/compressors. I've been doing manual prep on green river specimens, and I'm happy with the results I'm getting, but I've been thinking it might be time to move up to an air scribe. I really enjoy the prepping process, I just want to be able to work faster. The one I've seen from Fossil Shack seems pretty good, and I've heard it was designed for green river fish, so it seems like a good tool for my purposes. It's also a fair bit cheaper than the other scribes I've seen. So my question is: does anyone have experience with this scribe? Wo
  17. Looking for some tips. I've been given an older CP 9361 but want to get a new stylus. Looking at getting it from Paleotools. What my question to you prep pros is what stylus would you recommend? I'm thinking the 1.5' or 2' pointed stylus? Will be mostly doing trilobites and plants in shale and mudstone. @Kane @piranha
  18. Hi All I'm looking to get a rough work air scribe and have 3 options so far (let me know if you have any other to look at please!): PaleoTools Junior Jack ZOIC Paleotech T Rex Ken Mannion SQ This is to work on some large New Zealand concretions. Has anyone got any experience using any of these or ideally, have used multiple of them? Thanks so much! @RJB I think you have a Junior Jack, any experience with any of the others?
  19. Hello friends! I am experimenting this period with my new Haufwerk W224 air scribe. It is recommended as ideal for beginners and rated for medium to fine preparation. My first lab rat turned out above my expectation. First attempt was done without press. regulator and without filter, since I did not know I needed these. Lab rate Prior preparation and After. Soft limestone for your reference. After having finished the above and onwards I work with pressure regulator (never above 5bar~70psi) and water separating filter to ensure I am using dry air.
  20. Well gang, a month or so and 1500$ USD later, I have upgraded/replaced, and modernized my prep lab. (pictures to follow once the new flooring and dust collector is delivered and installed) Between all the prep I need to do for my hobbies, my job, my degree, and many many vintage VW parts, plus an overall need for new toys when the budget allows... Well, that and my dissertation is coming up next year and I have to get my display ready for that... I managed to finagle some really good deals on scratch and dent, factory returns, and industrial auctions so I got about 5+ grand worth o
  21. My daughter and I do most of our collecting around the Whitby area where we mostly collect ammonite nodules with high iron content, making them very hard. I have tried prepping them with a Dremel rotary tool and while it often works quite well around the outer whorls it barely scratches the centre. I’d like to step up to using an air pen or similar but it looks a heck of a jump in terms of cost. Initial research looks like it’s going to cost £400-500. Is this a realistic estimate for entry level, but decent equipment? I wouldn’t want to throw a couple of hundred at poor quality gear
  22. Doctor Mud

    ME-9100 lost power

    Hi everyone, Hi have an ME-9100 and I’ve had years with no problems. Yesterday I took off the sleeve and cleaned everything and the only difference to my routine was that I directly put oil in where the piston is. now I can get it to start, but there’s no power, seems like the stroke length is almost zero and the stylus is barely vibrating. I took it all apart, including taking the tool off the hose and removing the pin and checking the piston, but it back together. Had slightly more power for a few seconds. But now the same problem. Any ideas?
  23. Sjfriend

    CP air scribe?

    Finally gonna start acquiring some air prep tools (scribe and abrasive) to better my prepping. My question at this point is this, on the CP brand air scribes, can you use other tips? Have seen here where sometimes a longer or different shaped tip is useful but didn't see in the Amazon description that the tips are changeable. Looking at the CP9160 scribe. So glad I found this group. Already learned much
  24. BentonlWalters

    Picking the Right Air Tool (UK)

    Hello everyone, I am relatively new to fossil preparation and up until last week have been using an electric engraver to prep some of my collection, but it overheated and died on me so I am looking into upgrading to a proper air scribe. I was hoping some of you who work with UK tools might be able/willing to give me some advice on picking a tool. I have heard very good things about both Zoic pens and the Ken Mannion TT but I'm curious to know what the difference between them is from a use standpoint since one uses pusher plate internals and the other a piston (I think).
  25. Pterygotus

    Right scribe?

    Hi everyone, I saw this tool up recently and it was described as a paleo tool type ARO. Would this be a good tool to start off with? Is it a proper ARO or a clone? I’d just like to make sure because it’s not cheap (£250) . If I get a cheaper ARO clone, will I be able to fit a nib like this on? Also, is there another tool or website someone could recommend? Thanks.
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