Tip Shield™ violin/viola bow tip with 90 degree milled head.
Notice: Be aware that as incredible as this material is, that it breaks down under intense UV lighting. Makers should avoid using a light box.
Made to industry standard size of .9" width X 2.1" length X .340" ++ head height. Floor is 1.2 mm + thick. Head is precision milled at a 90 degree angle.
Tip Shield™ is nearly indestructible. This is by far the strongest bow tip material available. The material itself is a high strength polymer developed and made in the USA. The heads will not break off during application or in use. This may sound impossible but I have tried to break a head off from a tip and after expending much effort with pliers and vise I was only able to break the floor behind the head.
Tip Shield™ also takes a high polish and has a very attractive off white-light almond color.
These incredibly well machined and strong bow tips are made exclusively here at David Warther & Co.. These have been developed to solve the need for a highly durable bow tip that can enter international trade because they are made of a polymer rather than a natural material and yet they are sold at a reasonable price. Mid-size international orders ship free - see shipping page for details. These also provide the bow making and repairing community with an extremely durable bow tip that is a time saver for application artisans. Bow makers are finding this material easier to work than the natural materials such as bone and fossil ivory and far easier to work than the plastic and casein based bow tips.
1) The angled head area itself has been precision milled and needs no sanding or shaping. It is ready to go for you. Prior to gluing, the artisan should remove 90% of the material that will not be seen in the final product. You are taking the rectangular shaped tip and working it into being a U shaped tip before gluing it. After attaining the U shape, use a pair of pliers (Parallel Jaw or pointy nose type) to grip the floor and with your free hand bend the floor by curving the head around. A gentle bow/curve can be put in the floor by doing this and this makes gluing easier.
2) The floor has been very finely cut. This cut surface is ready to go for any glue. Do not sand this surface. You can use hide glue, epoxy glue, gorilla glue or CA super glue. We recommend Super Jet medium viscosity professional grade cyanoacrylate glue (available on Amazon as the red label as opposed to the Jet brand with blue label).
3) Sand the fiber or wood surface you are going to glue the tip to with 150 or 220 sandpaper. You are sanding this surface to clean it up so the glue adheres better to it. Again, no need to sand the floor of the tip itself.
4) After gluing the tip on to the bow the head can be finished to size and can easily be sanded and hand buffed with any paste wax. A hand buffing cloth will polish it up - a T shirt will do!
In addition to ease and speed of application is the strength and durability factor. This material is simply as tough as nails and can take a lot of punishment. Tip Shield™ is a trademark of David Warther & Co..
PLASTIC BAGS: Our plastic bags are heavy bags at 3 mil thickness. They are 2.75" wide X 36" length and are clear. These are available in groups of 5 or in packages of 100.Plastic Extra Heavy Duty Bow Bags