For those who are ambitious enough to build their own tattoo machines from the frame up but do no have the ability to cast the metals, the Eikon brass frame is something definitely worth checking out. I have been told that a few other companies have blanks, but I have to research this a bit more.
I was pretty excited when mine arrived from eikon, and I immediately noticed that the weight of the thing was crazy. You don’t realize it but you will probably cut 40% of this thing away when you are customizing. I have a drill press, belt sander, and grinder wheel in my workshop, but you could easily modify this thing with a dremel or other hand tool if you are experienced enough with one. The tricky part (as to any machine is lining up the geometry for the coils and springs, but that is where the skill of the builder comes in. Eikon ships the thing with a few holes already tapped for you, as well as a pre-split vise. This limits the builder a bit, but not to much. For under $50.00 this product is well worth it. Quality metal and pre-tapped holes allow for a totally customized tattoo machine to be built in not so much time. I highly recommend this product for the advanced tattoo artist who wishes to try his hand at building and tuning a custom one off tattoo machine.
PROS: Heavy, solid, quality brass. Great for those who don’t own a mini foundry, or can’t afford to send a CAD drawing off to have CNC milled. The brass is solid, but easy to carve compared to a lot of other metals out there. Pre split vise is great if you don’t have a band saw. No pre-tapped coil holes gives builder ultimate control over the machine’s geometry.
CONS: Pre-split vise might limit builder. No pre tapped holes for coils might be a problem if the builder does not have a miller’s vise and drill press.