Meeting the pantographer

Today we’ve been back to the 60′s to see how a skilled guy performs pantograph in the old way. Our guy is Mr. Rota, once a professional cyclist, who has 50 years of experience in what he does.

Visiting his workshop really brings you back, nothing has changed, the milling machines, procedures and parts are still the same.

Check out some more pictures of this process, where Mr. Rota is engraving a fork crown.

A pantograph works in a fairly simple way, you make a mold to follow with a tracker. The right hand controls the tracker, following the lines of the engraving. The movement is transferred by a parallelogram to the actual drill that engraves the metal. This procedure is over 400 years old, but still to this day it works just fine, especially if you want to give your lugs and bike accessories a vintage feel.

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