This double-ended scribe can be used in etching or drypoint processes. It has a cork handle for comfort during use.
If this tool is used to add detail or tone directly to the metal plate (a technique known as 'drypoint'), it will inscribe a line with a slight burr, which will print a blurred, indistinct line. This effect can be controlled by manipulating the angle at which the point meets the plate.
This tool is made of high-carbon steel, and is designed to be resharpened periodically.