Sometimes the underdog wins, and in 2018, first place went to the mighty but sometimes overlooked engraving tool. Its current demand and rise in popularity was a pleasant surprise.

Engraving tools are primarily used for machining serial numbers and other inscriptions on a part. It may also be used, secondarily, as an economic tool for chamfering a corner or as an angle cutter. The tool tip is held to +/- 0.001 inch tolerance for easy programming and is offered in several diameters for a variety of marking sizes.

SCT recently released brand new helical chamfer mills to the Specialty End Mills section. It is bound to be a contender for first spot in 2019.