|BUYER BEWARE: (Identifying Quality)
In many states, cheap "scrimshaw" can be found in abundance. It is possible that very cheap pieces might be laser etched and mass produced. These pieces can be identified as machine made because they are identicle and the etched lines are of the same diameter.
Handmade scrimshaw reflects the human touch that can produce an infinite variety of depths of cuts and thicknesses of lines. Although handmade scrimshaw pieces that are produced in quantity can be quite similar, each one is still unique.