Pyrography Tip Shapes
The pyrography tips that started it all back in 1985! "Razer" sharp and super fine. We sharpen and polish our sharp tips to a Razer-sharp edge. Many Razer-tips can burn more than 120 lines per inch right out of the package! We now produce more than 900 different pyrography tip profiles and sizes plus custom tips, most in your choice of fixed or interchangeable tip styles. In 1996 we added our line of heavy-duty tips; the toughest hot wire tips ever made. Razertip not only makes the finest and sharpest, but the toughest, too! This full selection of pyrography tip shapes is unique to Razertip.
All of our pyrography pens with fixed tips carry a full one year unconditional warranty. If a fixed tip pen fails after one year, do not throw it out, we do replace broken or worn out pyrography tips. Interchangeable tips are warranted for 90 days. With so many tips to choose from we realize that selecting the right tip may be a bit of a challenge, we have grouped the pyrography tip styles together according to their most common uses. If you are not sure which tip or pen is best for your needs please contact us and we will help you pick just the right tool.
Our "sharp" tips are capable of burning up to 120 lines per inch right out of the package. Sharp tips are ideally suited for fine detail work such as feathers or hair on carved or flat surfaces. Some sharp tips are also used for cutting plastics, paper, fabric, gourds, leather and thin wood.
"Wide-line" sharp tips are used mainly for feather and hair detail. They do not burn as finely as the fine-line sharp tips, and tend to give a shallower texture. This is the style of texturing preferred by many top carvers including Larry Barth and Pat Godin.
As their name suggests, these tips are primarily used for shading on all surfaces. Shaders have slightly rounded edges so they will not dig into your work surface. Generally speaking, the spear and spoon shaders are the best ones to start with. Other tip shapes would be selected based on your preference and specific needs.
While many of our tips will cut, these tips excel at cutting. Use on fabrics, plastics, thin wood and leather, paper, stencils and gourds. For strength, reliability and longevity we recommend use of fixed-tip pens for cutting, especially when cutting materials that melt.
Razertip's selection of writing and stylus tips is second to none. With ball stylus tips ranging from 1/64" to 7/32" and wire tips in several different shapes and point sizes, we are sure to have the tip you need.
Used to "push" material down, leaving a round raised "bead" on any surface, but very popular on gourds and wood turnings. Each depression makes half a bead.
Feather Formers™ let you define a feather and burn the barb texture in seconds. They are easy to learn and easy to use. There are 63 different Feather Formers™ available from 40 to 250 lines per inch. Not only are they faster to burn with, but painting is easier because the texture is not too deep.
Most commonly used for "raising" feather shafts or for layering wing and tail feathers on bird carvings. They have a square cross-sectional edge that will not "skate" when following a long line, and they leave a pleasing wide ramp into the raised area, reducing or eliminating the need to sand.
Designed for making subtle splits in feathers and exclusive to Razertip. They can take a bit of practice but the results can be very impressive.
Simkin Split Makers - Designed by World Champion Wayne Simkin.
Mueller Split Maker - Designed by World Champion Keith Mueller.
Lamilae Making Tips - A tip for forming the lamilae, or tooth-like serrations on duck bills.
Burnishing Tips - Useful for burnishing bird bills and hooves on animal carvings.
Copper Spear Shader - for shading and general pyrography.
Excellent general-purpose tips. Used for writing, shading, small scale marks, burnishing, and burning 2 parallel lines approx. 1/16" apart. A useful, durable tip.
Our selection of scale tips is second to none. We make more than 185 different tip shapes and styles, available in your choice of fixed or interchangeable tips. Besides our stock scale tips listed below we can make custom scale tips for special projects like lizards, snakes, or dragons..
Commonly used for working with jeweller's wax and designed to be used at low temperature settings. Standard cord is recommended. "PK" Series tips are too weak to use on materials other than wax.
Used for writing and drawing with beeswax when making Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) or any egg decorated using wax resist. Designed to be used at low temperature settings. Different tube sizes for varying line widths. Supplied with cleaning needle.
Used to "brand" or stamp small squares, circles and 90 degree "V" shapes into all surfaces. Great for repetitive designs on all surfaces.
We offer a selection of "do-it-yourself" tip blanks with various shapes of carbon steel welded on to the end. They can be used "as-is", or you can custom grind and polish them to whatever shape and profile you want. Ideal for custom stamps, brands or whatever your imagination allows.
Tip sets are a convenient and economical way to try a variety of tip shapes. We have designed these sets for specific users (pyrographers, bird carvers, gourd artists, etc.), so selecting just the right tip assortment could not be easier! All tips will fit in our #BPH interchangeable-tip pen.
Heavy-Duty (HD) vs. Standard Tips
Our standard tips and standard fixed-tip pens are your best choice for fine detail work. They recover their heat more quickly than heavy duty pens and tips and most people find the standard pens more comfortable to hold. Heavy-duty pens and tips are your best choice for shading and applications where more "flat" pressure will be placed on the tip or where the tip is used for cutting. Heavy duty pens and tips also will stand up better to harder use. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and you may prefer the feel of heavy duty pens over standard pens..
Fixed-tip vs. Interchangeable
For the most part our advice is to use fixed-tip pens for those tip shapes that you will use a lot and consider getting one or two #BPH interchangeable-tip pens for lesser-used or home made tips. BPH pens have also proven very popular with Feather Former™ Tips. Fixed-tip pens allow you to work with your fingers closer to your work surface, giving you better control over fine work. The laser-welded tip is usually more rigid than in our BPH pen, again, better control. Fixed-tip pens are essential when cutting any material, especially plastics or anything that melts. Melted material can get into contact areas on BPH pens and cause the tip to stop heating. All of our pens are relatively cool to operate, but BPH pens are generally the coolest-operating pens available. If you have very sensitive fingers or if you work at high heat settings you may find the BPH pens to be your best choice. One word of caution, however - if you decide on BPH pens and are planning to change tips, be sure to buy at least 2 pens because changing tips on a hot pen is no fun. Also, if you have 2 pens you will not need to change tips as often.