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Tip Shield™ violin/viola bow tip with 83 degree milled head.
Made to industry standard size of .56"+ width X 1.4" length X .240" ++ head height. Floor is 1 mm + thick. Head is precision milled at a 83 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 head 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. This next step is not imperative - just some folks have found it helpful and that is: 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 crimp/bow the floor by bending the head. 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 if you use hide glue, epoxy glue, gorilla glue or any glue other than a CA super glue. We recommend a CA super glue over standard wood adhesion glues. The wood glues hold but the CA is an excellent hold.
3) If using a CA glue (Superglue) the artisan should sand the floor with a 150X paper and then a 360X paper or, if one wishes to avoid sandpaper, one can file this floor with a very fine file. By making the surface smooth it will hold very well with CA glue.
4) Finishes easily by sanding and hand buffing with any paste wax and a hand buffing cloth - 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