Few people understand the skill and attention to detail involved in the traditional craft of hand engraving. It is a field that requires specialist knowledge, such as tool-making and the behaviour of different metals and other materials, coupled with substantial artistic and calligraphic skill. Even the simplest engraved details – some initials, a date, or just a few decorative lines – can give personality, life and sentiment to an inanimate object. Hand engraving is a diverse craft with a long history that is intrinsically entwined with human culture. Historically it has been used in both practical and decorative applications; from hunting arms to royal seals, coins and bank notes to jewellery, its influences are all around us.