If you take Dave's advice, Spellman makes good punches.Then buy a good set of transfer punches .
Just gotta' hope the steel doesn't curl like a weiner!If yer a cheap A$$ like me you can chuck them up and re point them
on the lathe, then you bust out a torch or the forge, heat the working end to critical temp.
quench in warm canola oil and then stick em in the shop toaster oven at 375 deg. fer an hour or two then quench in water.
If the steel is descent they will be good fer a long time, if steel is sub standard not so long a time,
rinse and repeat as needed.......................My $.02
Initial cost is a large factor.I guess the question is: how much is our time worth, also we are too much of a throwaway society.
Not me, for one, when I retired, I bought import sets for fractions, letters and numbers; most will likely never get used; I have had to repoint a couple of them, the work of a few minutes at most.Initial cost is a large factor.
If you were to produce a line of Bemmy's 28 piece set of Transfer Punches that would perform for 100 strikes for $125.99.
28 tools X 100 uses per tool is 2800 strikes or $.04.00 per strike, how many home users will cough up $125.00 up front?