Tools for direct ingraving without ground : diamond drypoint, ceramic drypoint, tungsten carbide drypoint in two sharpening options

- Diamond drypoints can be considered as the reference point. The diamond can be used for both gray than black. They incise steel, copper or zinc without difficulty. The work is remarkable flexibility. The only drawback is the relative weakness of the junction between diamond and steel from the rest of the tip. They need to be hold fairly vertically.

- The ceramic drypoint : Even softer than the diamond but less incisive, it is unique to make very sweet burrs. It often becomes the favorite tip engravers, but leads to be accompanied by a more incisive tip for deep blacks.

- Tungsten carbide drypoint come in two different sharpening. The "incisive" version engrave copper deeper than diamond, and is very suitable for a specific work of black, with beautiful regular burrs. The standard  carbide can be an alternative to the diamond tip if you do not want to risk breaking.