The American French Tool Company was started by Andre Beaudoin in the mid-1970's. Mr. Beaudoin, working with many prominent printmakers, designed and built the American French Tool etching presses for over 30 years. The beauty and elegance of the American French Tool etching press design, the unmatched performance, and the outstanding durability have given the American French Tool presses the reputation of being the world's finest etching press. With its large, oversize bearings and solid steel rolls, the American French Tool etching press is the heaviest etching press on the printmaking market. Many print publishers, printmakers, and artists will only use the American French Tool etching press to print their heavy pressure photogravure prints.
In the spring of 1999, Conrad Machine Co. acquired the American French Tool Company from Mr. Beaudoin. Continuing the legacy and craftsmanship of Mr. Beaudoin, Conrad Machine Co. has built the American French Tool floor model etching presses for over ten years and has added several tabletop etching presses to the American French Tool press line. As with all presses built by Conrad Machine Co., the American French Tool presses are offered with the printmaking industry leading 25-year warranty. The world's most elegant and best performing etching presses are designed to last a life time.
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