Engraving has been around for centuries, of course not as advanced as it has now become, but shallow grooves could be found in jewellery dating back to 1000 B.C or just afterwards. The finest period of engraving can be thought to have been from 1460 to about 1530 where an incredible amount of engraving masters such as Lucas van Leiden, Albrecht Dürer, and Martin Schongauer.
Modern engraving techniques are used in a vast array of interesting different modern applications. There are industrial uses for engraving, chemical etching plates and such for the industrial market. Of course, we have the private work on such as signs, posters, nameplates, plaque and sign engraving and of course standard trophy engraving! Because of the high detail in the engraving is one of it’s many benefits, a master engraver has a big advantage on forgers, trying to copy complex engravings is almost impossible. That is why today, modern banknotes are almost always engraved, and printing plates used for printing banknotes are also engraved. Engraving can be so fine that even scanners and printers are unable to successfully copy or recreate engraved images properly. This is why forging of certain bank notes, cheques and stamps is quite difficult.