After Skov Jørgensen had been practising for a while to become a stamp engraver, he felt he finally made a breakthrough with his ‘spark plug’ practice piece, created in 2007. The image has a minute caption reading ‘600%’, and when Skov Jørgensen finally managed to represent the % sign with actual circles rather than mere dots, he realised he was ready for the smaller parts of an engraving needed for stamp work.
On a more modest level, Skov Jørgensen also worked on a few Danish definitives, these being the 300 and 400 öre values of the Wavy Lines definitives, and the 25 kroner value from the Small Arms definitives. Both would form part of newly introduced sets; the Small Arms from 2004 and the Wavy Lines from 2005. Skov Jørgensen’s three values were all self-adhesive and issued in 2010.
While in the old days, an original engraved die may have been fully finished before creating auxiliary dies to add the value on, this process of first engraving to 75% makes sense. The problem is that when creating auxiliary dies by transferring the mother die to a new steel plate, there’s always a loss of sharpness, because the v-shaped bottoms of the lines become more rounded in the process, resulting in a less distinctive impression in the final print. While it would be possible to repair the rounded line bottoms, this cannot be done without also widening the lines, creating its own problems. All this can be prevented by not finishing the lines in the first place, so that on the auxiliary die the lines can be finished, thereby preserving their sharp v-shaped bottoms and therefore sharper eventual print.To be continued!