I'm looking for recommendations for a tool bit for some simple engraving, such as a small brass nameplate, etc. I have no experience with engraving, except that today I did a 1 X 2 inch brass plate using a simple 3/8" 60 degree Vee cutter and the Mach3 Write Wizard. It seemed to come out fine, but I would think there would be better cutter choices.
I don't have a speeder, so I am trying to use the 5K spindle speed on my 1100. Should I look for a cutter with a tip radius or a straight Vee? If a radius, what might be appropriate for letters approximately .2" - .3" in height? A lot if the cheaper cutters I see on eBay appear to have a "D" bit design, would these need a higher rpm than my spindle?
Thanks for any help you might offer.