You’ll see checkering most often on firearms, where a good grip on a tool is highly desirable, but you can add this “finish” to any project you want to look beautiful. As with so many arts, artists seem to be divided by their choice of media, wood and metal being the most popular. If you’d rather do it yourself instead of paying an artist for a slick checkering job, you can check out some DIY books and videos on the subject.
Checkering files run $30 and up on the street, and groove-cutting tools are similarly priced.
Metal Checkering Files [Brownells]
File Street Pricing [Google Products]
Wood Checkering Set [Wood Carver Supply]
Checkering Tool Street Pricing [Google Products]
Checkering Book Via Amazon [What’s This?]