Our burs are designed for performance and durability.  We sell only top of the line carbide burs, and
do not carry cheap imports or steel burs which will wear out quickly.  This page is devoted to
information about burs and their use.  Please feel free to comment by clicking
Always use Personal
Protective Equipment
when using rotary tools
  • Eye Protection        
  • Hearing Protection  
  • Respiratory Protection

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Coatings
Titanium Nitride (Gold) and Titanium Aluminum Nitride (Black)
No doubt you’ve probably noticed that some of our line of industrial and dental lab burs appear gold-plated or
black.  The gold-looking coating is actually Titanium Nitride (
TiN), and the black coating is Titanium Aluminum
Nitride (
TiAlN).  These are very hard ceramic coatings, vapor-deposited and bonded to the carbide cutter.  
They are harder and more wear-resistant than the carbide material itself.  A few microns thick,
TiN and TiAlN
ceramic coatings have revolutionized the metalworking industry.  These coatings also reduce friction, thereby
allowing faster cutting, and without coolant in some metalworking operations.  In situations such as cutting
softer wood or other non-metallic materials, the coated cutter simply lasts longer than an uncoated carbide
cutter, providing more value for your money.

Burs for Carving sells its line of industrial and dental lab burs with the TiN or TiAlN coating, as the benefit  is
a much longer lasting product for you.  Uncoated high-quality burs are also available.
GSQ Burs (also known as universal cutters)
Exceptionally smooth shaping and removing of soft materials.  Special cutting geometry for controlled cutting,
shaping  and contouring of wood and other soft materials.  Not recommended for metals.  Very versatile.  
Made from premium grade carbide.  Burs imported from Germany.

3/32" (2.35mm) shank diameters. They are used in slow-speed (up to 50,000 rpm) rotary tools like dental lab
handpieces, Dremel, and Foredom tools.
FG Round Bur
High speed
Using Round Burs for Texturing wood
PROPER BUR USE: Because burs are most-often used in hand-held rotary tools, die grinders or handpieces, good operator control
is essential to avoid improper use or breakage.  Be sure to follow rotary tool manufacturer's instructions for proper, safe use.

Problems can occur when burs are positioned for use in tightly-confined areas such as corners, pockets or within tight holes or
grooves.  Out-of-control jamming, wedging or wobbling of the bur can occur, usually marring the workpiece, breaking the bur or both.

Make sure the bur is properly seated to the bottom of the handpiece collet or chuck, and tightened securely.

Please exercise caution under these situations, and make sure to wear the appropriate personal protective safety equipment.  And
remember, bur cutting edges are sharp!  Keep hands and fingers clear of rotating cutter surfaces during use.
Using Tapered Burs for Piercing
FG Tapered Fissure Bur
High speed
Tile and Fiberglass Burs
Tile and fiberglass burs, as their names imply, are designed for cutting or routing tough, non-metallic
materials.  The cutting geometry is such that material is removed or shaped similar to that of a rasp or file.  
They are very effective in removing/shaping wood and soft stone.  

Burs for Carving sells these long-lasting, solid carbide TiN or TiAlN coated burs in ⅛” and ¼” shank
diameters.  They are used in slow-speed (up to 50,000 rpm) rotary tools like Dremel, Foredom and dental
lab handpieces.
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