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The illustration shows a simulated sideplate on which are drawn the backbones of scrolls that will later be engraved.

BACK-CUT A return cut over the same line with a different graver or with the graver tilted in a different direction from the primary cut.

BACKSTRAP That part of a pistol or revolver that forms the rear of the grip, usually made of steel or brass.

Some guns are only engraved on the backstrap because that is the part that shows when the pistol or revolver is in a holster.

BACKGROUND The area that surrounds scroll or floral work.The back strap is the primary place for inscription on a handgun.Shown at left is the backstrap (red arrow) of a Colt SAA engraved by Ken Hurst of Robersonville, NC.Beading is commonly found as background treatment of scroll engraving.Shown here is scrollwork that has background textured with a beading punch.

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