I would definitely start with a good used set that you can bid on, on Ebay. I would go for a K&D 18R set (I think I have that right), it's not only a good staking set, but you can also do jewels with it, as it has a handle and micrometer adjustment. I own a Bergeon set myself, 125 pieces approx., but has no jeweling capabilities. It cost around $900 I think. You can get that used set for usually around $150 or so I think. Bidding gets a little intense at the end of the auction, so it's best to have DSL or better internet speed. I plan on adding a K&D 18R set to my shop sometime soon. ........................doc
This is actually for Doc. K&D 18R I am not familiar with I have a set K&D Inverto Deluxe. Just got it for a good price on e-bay because the seller had it in the wrong room. I dont know anything about staking yet and was wondering if this is a good set to start with?
K&D Inverto units had a larger, deeper base allowing some of the punches to be "inverted" into the base, allowing its end to be used as a stump whilst other punches were used above in conjunction with it. Most likely it is a good set, if complete and without any rust. I may have seen one of these on ebay, are the punches all sitting at an angle towards the front?........................doc
I forgot, K&D 18R's are noticable because they have an attachment on top allowing a handle to be used for jeweling. Try looking that up on ebay sometime, just K&D 18R, should ring up something there, I usually see them time to time.
I am trying to put together enough tools to do most clock repairs as I get more knowledgeable on proper methods. This message board is great for information as most people on here are quite well versed in clock repair. I thank you all.
Gary, in all this discussion, I failed to mention that the staking tools you want are hardly ever used in clock work. I never use my Bergeon set for clock work, unless I'm dealing with a platform escapement on a french carriage clock or some movement using a hairspring balance. There is a nice set available from most clock parts suppliers, such as Empire Clock and Timesavers..............doc
I have one coming from Ebay. I was needing to stake some pinion wires and thought that I might need a set sooner or later. I intend to try my hand at pocket watches some day and I don't like not having the right tool.