This is a very unique sample of this tool. The cocobolo is dramatically two toned, with both sap wood and heartwood. This leads to a striking contrast between the dark maroon and the light tan of the two types of wood. Very rare and beautiful. There is some surface patina and/or minor tarnish on some of the brass surfaces - see photos for detail. If desired this can be easily polished away. BCT recommends in their instructions to use Flitz brand polish to bring the brass back to new appearance.
From the Manufacturer: Instead of scribing pins, the MG-2 uses precision turned, hardened tool steel (Rc 62) cutting discs. Beveled on one side to 30 degrees, these discs are very sharp. The beveled face runs adjacent to the fence. This arrangement allows for a constant wedging action, always pulling the fence tight against the workpiece - a very important feature for accurate joint layout, particularly in wavy or pronounced open grain woods. One sixth of each cutter is exposed (they do not rotate during use) allowing for six "blade changes" before the cutters need to be sharpened. For you heavy users, these cutters will stay sharp 4-6 years and for many, this tool will never need to be sharpened!

The actual cut is a razor crisp, consistently clean, readable mark in all woods and is comparable to a knife slice. To use the tool as a

For mortise and tenon layout, both stems are used. Let's say you need to make a 1/2" wide tenon. Measure and lock your first cutter (A small nylon pad buried in the fence prevents the brass locking screws from damaging the stems). Set the second cutter 1/2" away from the first. You will be delighted how easy this process is. Now check this out: by firmly grabbing the two stems on the back side of the fence, you can loosen both locking knobs and slide the fence into a new position without adjusting your original 1/2" setting! The maximum marking distance from the fence is a generous eight inches.

Both faces of the MG-2 fence are inset with 360 brass alloy wear plates. There is a reason. Certain layout conditions call for a reference line which is not scribed into your work, an erasable pencil mark is preferable. The MG-2 accepts a pencil in the far end of the stems, a handy and practical feature.

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