Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Product Review: Firm Kut
I have just had the opportunity to carve some of the new so-called Mystery Material, aptly named Firm Kut. It is offered from our friend Webfoot, and I am pleased to say that I like it quite a lot.
white, just like PZ Kut White
a little bit stiffer/firmer than the PZ Kut white, closer to the Orange in stiffness
not stringy, rubbery, crumbly or waxy
fine lines are definitely not an issue
pencil transfer'd well
good printing with no beading, although I did sand (prep) the surface prior to carving with 600 grit sandpaper
I really like this material, and I would imagine most gouge carvers are going to like it, as well. It carves smooth, I was able to get fine lines with no trouble and stamps well with both dye and waterproof ink. I did needle and knife through it a bit, but it's not releasing the material as easy as I would like.
I am very pleased with the Firm Kut - it is a more than suitable replacement for the PZ, in my opinion. And, I am picky. It's not exact, but it is scary close. It's hard to describe; it is a bit firmer than regular PZ, but you can still push it around a bit with your gouge, as well as cut a (perpendicular) groove up to a line and have it just break off for you - just as we would like.
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