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This is the standard of excellence in a scratchboard. Each board is handmade to ensure a hard, smooth, and heavy white coating which permits clean and precise engravings.
It is available in black pre-inked and white un-inked. Thickness is 12 pt.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
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ESSDEE Scratchboard is unusable.
By Professional Scratchboard Illustrator
from Chicago IL
Comments about Essdee Scratchboard:
This item was not up to the standard set by ESSDEE products in years past. The board was thin. The clay surface was thin. I asked for a refund for the board.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry that this scratchboard isn't working out for you, but we were happy to work with you on a return. If there's anything else we can assist you with, just let us know!
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the best I've found
By nighthawk studio
from sturgeon bay wi
I have been a professional illustrator for 20 years, and Esdee uncoated board is the best product I've found for my work. It is sturdy but lightweight, easy to cut down into custom sizes, it accepts inks and watercolors beautifully, and the clay coating is nice and thick, so I can layer and scratch colors as often as I like.Other suppliers have stopped offering uncoated scratchboard for sale, but Esdee is still going strong. May it "live long and prosper!"
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Essdee scratchboard, still great
By Kevin L Wang
from Central valley, California
The nice pattern printed on the back disappeared some years ago and has not returned, but it's still my favorite scraperboard. The clay is nice and thick, and if you do scrape all the way through (shame on you for poor technique) the cardboard underneath is white anyway. I also like that the board is cardboard, rather than Claybord's MDF, because I can easily cut it to whatever size I want, and when you have 40 sheets stacked up it's not huge and heavy.By the way if it's out of stock, I probably bought it all. Sorry about that.
A Geezers view, of what I do.
from Tyler, TX
To keep it simple, I do scratchboard art, have for 50 years. I have been buying Essdee boards all the way back into art school. I even have some left over because I buy in bulk. I have tried the other unknown brands and they are good only if you don't scratch too deep and make a mistake and try to fix it. I won't say anything about the service from Blick, too many people know all about the great service and quick response, so I save time. Thank you, Geno Loro
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Pyno Man
from San Jose CA
I discovered Ess Dee Scraper Board way back in the 80s. I had nothing to compare it to, it was the only scratchboard around. I took it's good quality for granted. Scratchboard became my signature medium for fine art and commercial art. I depend upon it. The last batch I bought was years ago. When I ran out, I decided to try the Ampersand version. It is high quality, but I found the clay to be too hard, making smooth strokes difficult. And I was getting hand cramps. So I ordered some new Ess Dee. I wish I had read some reviews first. The new "formula" is pretty much useless to me. The card board is half as thick as the old stuff, making it an unstable surface. The ink coating is shiny, making it impossible to sketch with white pencil as I am accustomed to. The surface makes it impossible for me to transfer drawings on to it.The shine also makes for a much less attractive original piece for hanging. I don't think there are any alternatives available. I'll reluctantly stick with Ampersand for now. But I am ANGRY!
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Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this product did not meet your expectations. A member of our Customer Care team would be happy to assist you with a return and will be contacting you shortly.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Formula Change Wasn't For the Better
from Minneapolis, MN
I'd used uninked Essdee scratchboard for over 10 years for the following reasons: the board was solid, and it could be reinked and rescratched without losing line quality. I really enjoyed using this product.I purchased more scratchboard, expecting the same high quality. Immediately I noticed the board seemed lighter. When I inked the board and tried to scratch my first line the nib skittered, instead of moving smoothly as I had been accustomed. I even changed to a new nib, thinking that was the problem. I got the same skittery results with the new nib.Then I learned Essdee had changed its formula. Times are tough and all of us are cutting back; I get that. However, the formula change meant the board was a slightly thicker version of posterboard. The coating doesn't support the ink; the ink seems to soak in. Forget inking and scratching more than once. If you define line quality as a grey and bumpy smudge, you'll enjoy the new formula.This product no longer works for me. I am looking at other products to do my illustrations. Especially on the current deadine.I cannot in good conscience recommend this product.
from Malibu, California
This ESSDEE Scratchboard is better than the very old (1980's)CANSON scratchboard from England.The thin board's surface is firm and hard resulting in sharp crisp line. The surface takes all types of inks and paint without any wrap. I have used scratchboards for over 20 years and rate this as the finest surface ever. The thin board is good for travel, but must be mounted to frame.DNE
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Ink man
This is the only scratchboard I use. It accepts ink very evenly and scratches off cleanly. I've used some of the scratching tools available and end up going back to xacto blades every time. I haven't used the pre-inked boards since I do ink drawings on white.
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