Best Woodburning Pyrography Books With Designs 2020

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Interested in learning about woodburning pyrography? You need books for best results, and we’re here to show you the best of the best that we’ve found for this hobby. There are various ways to approach this new hobby, and each book has its own strengths and weaknesses.

So let’s look at the best woodburning pyrography design books you can buy.

Pyrography Books For Beginners

Learn to Burn by Simon Easton

Learn to Burn is notable because of its step by step approach to woodburning. With it, you can start creating beautiful art with easy to find crafting materials that are widely available.

There are also a total of 14, step by step projects that are segmented by skill level. So as you improve, you can find more challenging projects to work on, so this book will be useful even after you have mastered the basics.

What’s more is the author has added some beautiful photos to show you how the output should look, or you can use what the author has added to create your own enhanced output. You will get 50 bonus patterns along with the 14 step by step projects.

Pyrography Basics by Lora Irish

Pyrography Basics was written by a nationally recognized pyrography artist, so you are getting tips and instruction from a professional. The book delves into the intricacies of choosing the right tools, materials, designs, and projects.

You will have access to six skill-building pyrography projects that are centered on different pyrography techniques. Technique is everything with art, and you’d best start with focusing on mastery of techniques if you want to get anywhere with this new hobby (no pressure, though!).

There are also detailed discussions on using temperature, doing layering, how to write on wood, how to shade on wood, how to create the best textures, and how to create artistic values while woodburning. There are detailed instructions and patterns (step by step) that will hone your skills in the three main pyrography pen tips. Nervous about your output? No worries.

The book encourages the use of practice boards so you won’t mess up more expensive pieces of wood – reserve that when you are ready to commence a project.

Pyrography Designs by Norma Gregory

This book is all about patterns, shapes, lines, and designs.

Containing plenty of art to imitate and get inspiration from, this is the perfect accompaniment to any of the basic books we have discussed so far.

It is 112 pages and is published by the Guild of Master Craftsman.

Intermediate Pyrography Books

When you are done with the basics and you are confident with using the major tips used for the art, it’s time to hunker down and get ready for more challenging projects. The following books are perfect for intermediate dabbling:

Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters

Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters features a progressive approach to learning both basic and advanced pyrography techniques.

You will learn about: the proper setup of your workplace, how to work safely with pyrography gear, how to select timber and preparing wood for pyrography, transferring designs to timber, how to best use nib techniques, normal and unusual pyrography patterns and techniques, and how to integrate color in pyrography.

Sue includes three step by step projects, and you will also learn how to burn designs onto leather, paper, antlers, and wood bark.

Additional methods of woodburning are taught: hot wire, torching, engraving, relief, negative, and solar pyrography. Each technique has its own advantages, and definitely need to learn them from the renowned Australian pyrographer, Sue Walters.

Woodburning Realistic Animals by Minisa Robinson

As the title suggest, Minisa Robinson focuses on intermediate to expert woodburners who would like to learn how to create realistic designs on timber.

While everyone starts with geometric patterns and linear designs that are transferred from templates, woodburning realistic-looking animals is another beast altogether.

You will be able to work on a total of 12 step by step projects, featuring the following animals: butterfly, bunny, horse, bobcat, hummingbird, moose, mountain lion, elk, owl, bighorn sheep, zebra, and the African lion.

Additional training on timber, timber preparation and selection, safety while working, and using photos for inspiration, are also included. There are also sections that tackle how you can create your own patterns and designs and how to transfer them to the wood before you even start woodburning. Neat, isn’t it?

Landscape Pyrography Techniques & Projects by Lora S. Irish

Lora S. Irish prepares the pyrography artist for the long haul with this volume: it has everything you need to get started.

The book comes with four practice projects that will help you understand and apply a wide variety of pyrographic effects and techniques, a capstone project for a rustic advertising barn, creative practice board techniques and tips, a comprehensive list of pyrography supplies and tools, and little-known techniques from a master pyro artist.

Simply put, this book has a lot about every necessary domain, with a slant toward creating better-looking landscapes.

Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz

Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of realism on timber, especially when the likeness of human beings comes close to perfection. Enter Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz.

Released in 2017, this book teaches people the complex method of doing portraiture on wood minus the usual tools used for portraiture. Portraiture demands mastery of light, anatomy, and the use of specialized techniques to get the best results.

Those who have tried portraiture with charcoal or ink know the challenge – and it’s time that you jumped in if you are getting bored with the usual geometric designs.

You will get expert tips on how to shade, utilize different types of lines, and there are also projects and techniques with step by step instructions (detailed) and photos to help you achieve the best results in the shortest span of time.

The goal is lifelike art, and Jo will take you through the different regions of the human face and give you lessons on skin tone, facial features, eyes, noses, ears, mouths, and hair. Get this book if you want to take your pyrography to the next level.

Best Woodburning Pyrography Pen Tool Kits To Buy 2020

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Pyrography is one the most endearing hobbies around, and absolutely anyone can get into it. All you really need to get safely started is a woodburning pyrography tool kit.

And while it is true that you can perform woodburning with improvised pens and even heated wires, if you want to perform the art safely, we highly recommend that you get your own kit.

Here is our rundown of the best woodburning pyrography pent tool kits to buy.

TRUArt Stage 2 Dual Pen Professional Woodburning Detailer

The TRUArt Stage 2 kit is a steal considering you have the option of getting two pens, and you can also easily purchase a spare pen, spare tips, premium tips (this is a separate kit), or a smaller kit with just one pen if you feel that you don’t need a spare.

The 60-watt wood burner heats up almost instantly to deliver the most constant heat needed to create those beautiful markings on the surface of the wood.

The pens come with a digital voltage control hub that will allow the user to make minute changes to the intensity of the power, which affects the temperature of the woodburning pens.

The pens have also be redesigned to be as ergonomic as possible, which is important if your wrists hurt and you have trouble keeping your hands steady for prolonged periods of time.

The advantage of buying the kit with two pens is you can load two different tips and switch between the pens whenever you need to.

TRUArt Stage 2 boasts of fast heating and fast cool down, two of the things that you truly need to get ahead in your newfound hobby.

TRUArt Wood and Leather Pyrography Pen Set

For absolute beginners who are not yet fully committed to the hobby just yet, they have the option of purchasing “stage 1” from TRUArt, which is marketed as both a wood and leather pyrography woodburning kit.

This essential set has a lightweight woodburning pen with an ergonomic grip, a total of 35 different pent tips, and an e-guide that you can reference if you have never used a pyrography woodburning kit before. There are two main advantages when you choose this kit.

The first one is that the pen is not too powerful – it is just right at 30 watts, so it’s not too hot, and the chances of you overdoing your work with too much heat is reduced greatly.

Second, because the heat is not too much, you can use the pen to draw on leather, too, with a reduced risk of burning through the leather.

The second advantage is the number of tips that come with the kit. In woodburning pyrography, the thickness and general look of the stroke is influenced by the tip you are using.

Imagine having a fountain pen with different tips and you see what we mean. Grab this kit if you are just starting out, and you will be able to spring into pyrography with barely a learning curve.

Fuyit LCD Woodburning Kit

The Fuyit LCD Woodburning Kit is extremely portable and guess what – it has a total of 42 different pyrography pen tips to choose from!

The pyrography pen itself is equipped with a digital temperature control function connected to an actual LCD display that shows the numerical temperature of the pen.

Compared to an analog pen that just has a simple dial to increase voltage to increase the temperature, the Fuyit kit is more accurate because you will actually know what temperature the pen is at the moment.

The tip of the Fuyit pen also has six ventilation holes that allows the pen to cool quickly when you cut the power.

This is important because pyrographers tend to change tips frequently because the thickness of the stroke has a huge impact on the final output.

We also like the fact that Fuyit pens can be repaired – once the heating core is used up, you can remove the spent core and add a new one to keep using the same pen.

Unless the pen is cracked in half, it’s going to provide the same level of service as before since it is operating with a new heating core.

Tekchic Wood Burning Kit

Tekchic earns a spot in our coveted list because of its high-wattage wood burner (60 watts) and for having its own high quality pen stands that make pyrography safer for the user.

The detailer pen has been cut down to be as light as possible while being sturdy enough for prolonged use. The downside is it only has 20 tips in the kit, but if you are looking for durability, we recommend these higher end kits.

Not saying that the other kits will break easily, but we know that some of the pyrography kits are made to be heavy duty because they are meant for professional use.

Each kit comes with a woodburning machine, two lightweight pens, two woodburning stands, two sponges, and 20 woodburning tips.

The pens are also equipped with digital temperature control, so you don’t have to power down every time to cool off the metal if it’s getting too hot – just use the in-pen control to reduce or increase the temperature of the tip as needed.

Walnut Hollow 41992 Creative Woodburner Wire Tip Wood Burning Tool

Walnut Hollow is a well-known brand in pyrography and it is known in the community for producing sturdy woodburning machines and easy to use pens that are gentle on the hands.

The 41992 kit comes with a woodburning machine, pyrography pen, and the following tips: drawing point, universal shading point, ball point, and rounded shading point.

According to the company, the 41992 woodburning machine can go from 600°F to approximately 1000°F in a snap. Comes with a simple pen stand to keep the hot metal parts away from your skin when the pen is not in use.

Best Dive Watches For Men To Buy Under $500 2020

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Having a sturdy dive watch when you are snorkeling or diving enhances your sporting experience and ensures that you won’t have a broken watch after exploring underwater.

Fortunately, there are durable dive watches under $500 that you can purchase and still get the same kind of service from more expensive designer brand watches. These are our best dive watches under $500.

Phoibos Men’s PX002C

The PX002C is a Swiss-made professional diving watch that can be safely used to up to 1000 feet or 300 meters of water.

The 42 mm x 50 mm brushed, polished watch looks every part of a classy men’s watch, but has much more water tolerance that regular dress watches.

It features a Swiss Ronda 515 movement with an analog display, a highly visible date window located at the 3 o’clock position

. Each watch weighs only 180 grams and is manufactured from 316L stainless steel and coupled with a screw-down cap that resists water perfectly.

The cover is made from perfect sapphire crystal, which is scratch-resistant and ensures clarity under any lighting condition.

Orient Men’s ‘Ray II’ Diving Watch

Orient is a Japanese watchmaker that has been producing quality timepieces since the 1950s.

The Ray II is one of this brand’s most popular and practical diving watches because it is well below $500. The Ray II is equipped with automatic movement (F6922 Automatic mechanism) of Swiss origin.

The case measures a substantial 41.55 mm x 13 mm and has a whopping 40 hour power reserve. It has a magnified and clear date window at the 3 o’clock position, and the calendar day can be changed easily by winding the crown.

Released in 2019, the Ray II is a stylish watch with a scratch-resistant mineral crystal display cover and a stainless steel construction. It is water-resistant to a depth of 660 feet.

Tauchmeister XXL T0265

Hefty and larger than life, the Tauchmeister XXL T0265 does not disappoint when it comes to size and heft.

The T0625 is a professional military diving watch with a built-in helium valve, which can be used to release pressure during ascent. It has a second indicator and a calendar date indicator at the 3 o’clock position.

The T0625 is equipped with a Miyota 2115 mechanism developed by CITIZEN WATCH CO, LTD. The massive case measures 52 mm x 15.5 mm, making the T0625 one of the biggest diving watches in our countdown.

To aid in visibility, the analog display (hands and digits) are all luminous for better clarity underwater. The watch is water-resistant to up 3280 feet or 1000 meters.

On top of all these great features, Tauchmeister has been kind enough to outfit the T0625 with a sapphire crystal cover for added durability. Sweet!

Timex Intelligent Quartz Watch T2N720

We can honestly say that in terms of sportiness, the T2N720 takes the crown in the current rundown.

Cast with a beautiful black case and bracelet, the T2N720 has perfect red accents for those gunning for a more youthful look and it also has Indiglo nightlight, a digital compass (North), a built-in digital thermometer that’s capable of evaluating air or water temperature.

The built-in compass is activated by a button, and you have 20 seconds to get the orientation before it deactivates automatically.

The case measures 45 mm x 13 mm, coupled with a durable silicone bracelet that’s perfect for folks who don’t like the feel or heft of stainless steel.

The case is protected by a sapphire crystal cover and the timepiece can washstand water to a depth of 330 feet.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch

Distinctively stylish the way Citizen makes them, the Promaster Diver Watch is a cult classic and occupies a league of its own as a professional diving watch.

The dial has been enlarged for much easier reading, and it is equipped with a multi-directional bezel, large analog clock hands, and perfectly marked hour signs, with a clear calendar window at the 3 o’clock position.

Like all Eco-Drive watches, the Promaster Diver Watch is powered by light and will never require a change of battery.

The case is manufactured from high grade stainless steel and is silver-toned. The band is made from premium smooth rubber, tipped with a buckle closure for a secure fit wherever you may be.

The case cover is mineral crystal (usually just as durable as sapphire crystal covers) and the case measures 48 mm x 19 mm. This bad boy can be submerged to a whopping 990 feet, making it one of the toughest diving watches in the current roster.

Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Collection 6977

Invicta is a Swiss watch brand that hails from Chiasso, Switzerland. It is not as big as the other makers, but it is a Swiss watchmakers and has been around since the mid-1800’s, which makes it one of the oldest and most reliable brands.

Invicta appeal to a broader spectrum of consumers, so they have both really affordable watches and more expensive timepieces for those looking for luxurious timepieces.

The watch in question, the 6977 features a classic Swiss look (two-toned; black and silver), and has a Japanese quartz movement (Caliber-VD53).

Made from high quality stainless steel, the 6977 is an ideal first watch for people who’d like to try snorkeling or diving for the first time.

With a depth resistance of 100 meters or 330 feet, you can be sure that your Invicta can handle the changes in pressure easily and it will lead excellently upon ascent.

Be sure to check out the other watches in the same series if you’re looking for something slightly larger, like the 19825.

Seiko Prospex Special Edition Diving Watch

And finally, we have the sexy Seiko Prospex Diving Watch, which measures a hefty 45 mm x 13.42 mm and has a depth resistance of 200 meters.

This can be considered an intermediate watch for divers, and is a perfect addition to your Seiko collection if you are thinking of trying snorkeling or watersports.

Best Swiss Watches For Men Under $500 2020

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In today’s countdown, we have rounded up the best Swiss watches under $500 so you can start your own collection without breaking the bank.

The Swiss quart movement is unmatched in the world, and it is no small wonder that people want to invest in Swiss-made watches because of their beauty and durability.

Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch

Made with every bit of ingenuity and engineering that is Victorinox is known for the world over, the I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch is a majestic timepiece that is worthy of any watch collection. The watch is made from high grade stainless steel, with a distinctive case design that puts it in a league of its own.

The I.N.O.X. has a unidirectional bezel, a count-up scale, and has been tested to be able to withstand 130 extreme endurance homologation tests.

The stainless steel used for this watch is also hypoallergenic and anti-corrosion, which makes the watch a perfect companion for wearers who engage in watercraft, aquatic sports, etc.

This diving watch is also waterproof to a depth of 660 feet.

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Chrono Atomic Timekeeping Watch

If you love the Citizen signature design and large watches, you’re going to love the Titanium Chrono Atomic. Built for durability and a lifetime of use, this model has a black tachymeter topring, a round guilloche dial, and three separate subdials installed in the heart of the timepiece.

The dial window is protected by tough sapphire crystal, which measures 42 mm. This Eco-Drive watch is powered by high quality Japanese quartz movement and there’s also a power indicator because it does not run on batteries.

When using this watch for the first time, check the battery power, select the city that corresponds to your location and the watch will check for radio signals to adjust the time of the watch. Titanium is tough and light, and the bracelet is durable and best suited for the active lifestyle.

There is an indicator for the remaining reserve power (12 or 24 hours), and the watch is waterproof to a depth of 660 feet.

Tissot Traditional Analog Watch

Collectors looking for something more casual yet elegant, light but durable, will enjoy this modern offering from the leading brand Tissot. Tissot’s engineers have been creating and perfecting timepieces since the 1800s and they bring their expertise to each Tissot watch on the market.

This traditional analog watch has a round form factor, a sapphire crystal window cover, a deployant buckle latch on the bracelet, and a genuine leather bracelet for those who don’t like titanium or stainless steel.

The case measures 42 mm x 7.4 mm, making it one of the thinnest durable watches around. Operated by Japanese quartz movement, this watch is waterproof to a depth of 99 feet.

Invicta Pro Diver

Another professional diving watch worth mentioning from leading brand Invicta.

This award-winning company has created watch that has the heft and durability that you can expect from high end Swiss timepieces. It has a corrugated unidirectional bezel, luminous hands and digit markers, a magnified date window at the three o’clock position and a beautiful 40 mm case with a durable mineral crystal window cover.

The lightweight and durable stainless steel bracelet is secured by a fold-over clasp and an exhibition caseback. Need to take a dive? Not a problem. Since this is a professional diving watch, it was meant to withstand both moisture and the changing pressure associated with descent.

Use this watch with ease and confident to a maximum depth of 660 feet. Take note that this watch does not have a battery as it operates with an automatic mechanism. A total of 130 gears and parts work together to tell time, and the gear train is powered by the wearer’s movement.

Torgoen T9

Hip and youthful without sacrificing quality, the Torgoen T9 is a great choice for those who don’t want the usual bulky design offered by the most popular brands.

There is a light and minimalistic feel associated with the T9, especially when you look closely at the digits and the linear design of the hour and minute hands. It is classic and chic, and perfect for those who are youthful in soul.

The Torgoen T9 is equipped with Swiss movement (Ronda 515.24H) and is water resistant to a depth of 330 feet. The manufacturer has opted to use one of the highest grades of stainless steel (316L) on this watch’s case, and also offers a three year limited warranty.

Bulova Men’s Automatic

The Bulova Men’s Automatic Watch looks every part of a modernized classic, and it possesses this manly charm that exceeds we dare say, the manliness of other Swiss watchmakers.

This may be due to the ultra-fine details of the case, its dimension and symmetry, and the gunmetal tone that just makes the timepiece stand out. Manufactured in the United States, this model comes from Bulova’s Automatic Collection and has a Swiss-powered automatic movement.

Measuring a heftier 46 mm, it is the perfect addition to any Swiss watch collection. The timepiece can be submerged to a depth of 330 feet.

The watch comes with a gunmetal IP stainless steel case, an open aperture black dial with silver tone accents, black inner dial ring, and exhibition caseback, and a 40 hour power reserve. The 40 hour power reserve is definitely something to consider as most Swiss automatic watches can only guarantee twelve to twenty hours of reserve power.

Movado Quartz Stainless Steel Watch

Movado is known for the its sun marker at the 12 o’clock position and a very minimalistic take on case design.

But don’t be deceived: Movada has long been multi-awarded in the international watch making community, and is especially known for its hyper-modern take on watch design.

This model measure 43 mm, a leather bracelet, a brushed gunmetal stainless steel case, a sunray dial, and water resistance to a depth of 99 feet. It’s alright for splashes of water but is not suitable for diving.

Best Dress Watches For Men Under $500 2020

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Let’s take a look at some of the best men’s dress watches that you can find under $500 dollars.

Dress watches are sophisticated and minimalistic, and are called so because they can be matched easily with suits, jackets, and other formal attires.

Before the twentieth century, dress watches were reserved for women, but as time moved forward, fashion sensibilities changed, and watchmakers began creating dress watches for men, too.

Brands like Cartier and Patek Philippe innovated and relapsed to the market the first models of dress watches that turned into instant classics (and they are very collectible too).

If you are interested in buying a dress watch too, we’ve rounded up the best of the best dress watches under $500 from different brands so you can have that great air of elegance and simplicity without breaking the bank.

TRIWA Falken Men’s Minimalist Dress Watch

TRIWA (Transforming the Industry of Watches) is an innovative watch studio founded by four friends in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. TRIWA watches are sold all over the world, from Stockholm to Tokyo, and now, it can also be yours when you grab it online.

The Falken dress watch is striking for combining two distinct worlds together: the minimalistic world of the dress watch and the distinctively bold and brave lines that can only be attributed to the touch of the Swede in watchmaking.

The organic brown leather strap comes direct from a Swedish tannery, and the case is manufactured from the highest and best type of stainless steel for watchmaking – the 316L.

This watch has been tested to withstand up to 5 ATM of pressure, and it is a beautiful timepiece with its its Roman numeral markings, deep blue dial background and silver-played watch hands. The polished buckle closer ensures a snug and comfortable fit, and the brown leather strap is a joy to match with jackets and suits.

Orient Bambino Version III

Nothing about the Bambino Version III is lightweight. Designed by a respected manufacturer in the industry, this model clearly revives the classic look that made the world fall in love with dress watches in the first place.

Released in 2017, the Bambino Version III has a round form-factor and the dial window is protected by a high quality, domed mineral crystal cover that is scratch and impact resistant. The case measures 41 mm x 12 mm, and the bezel is made from high grade stainless steel.

Pick the Orient Bambino Version III if you’d like something classy and hypoallergenic, with all the substance that you might need for a night out with the ladies.

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch

Who wouldn’t love to add an Eco-Drive to their dress watch collection? This model has bold, classic lines, and a fullness that makes it impossible to resist if you are going to a formal affair.

Made from stainless steel, the case looks imposing with its premium digits and signature Japanese quartz movement. The watch comes with a high end, genuine leather bracelet with buckle closure, as well as a water resistance to up to 99 feet.

The stainless steel case measures 40 mm x 9 mm and weighs just 1.6 ounces.

Fossil Quartz Stainless Steel Leather Chronograph

Fossil is a formidable champ in the men’s watches division, and they never seem to run out of ideas on how to make something beautiful even more memorable and enjoyable to wear.

This timepiece is a glowing testament to Fossil engineering and it is definitely a pretty watch to add to any growing collection of dress watches.

As expected, there are emphasized digits, large hour and minute hands, and there is also a beautiful contrast between the dial and background which makes it even easier to tell time.

The case is round rose gold, and is paired with a genuine blue leather band. It has a stopwatch functionality, and three different dials for tracking hours, minutes, and seconds.

Vincero Kairos Wrist Watch

Upbeat and memorable, that’s how we see Vincero’s current lineup of dress watches for men.

The Kairos has a deep classic look to it that rivals even the most expensive brands of watches. It doesn’t look light or cheap, and the workmanship, balance and symmetry are just beautiful.

The dial on this watch is slim and sophisticated, which runs true to the classic tradition of what dress watches should look like.

Vincero manufactured the Kairos with surgical grade stainless steel, making it durable and hypoallergenic.

Despite its price, you will be happy to know that the manufacturer has outfitted this very affordable watch with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to protect the dials.

This timepiece has been tested to withstand a maximum of 10 ATM of pressure, and it is operated by a sturdy Japanese Miyota quartz movement.

Seiko Stainless Steel Solar Watch

What is just as good as automatic movement? Solar power. The SNE102 is a round dress watch for men that have dark blue dial baton, and a beautiful two-tone case that measures 39 mm.

So this watch is definitely smaller than your usual dress watch, but that makes it lighter and easier on the wrist. Powered by Japanese quartz movement, the embossed leather band is a joy to wear and is very durable.

Perfect for wearers on the go. Surprisingly, despite being a dress watch, Seiko has made this model water resistant to up to a depth of 330 feet, making as water-resistant as more expensive professional dive watches. Such is the wonder of Japanese engineering.

Stuhrling Original Men’s Minimalist Dress Watch

Stuhrling definitely brings something new to the table with this minimalist model that looks as bright and cheery as the morning. It definitely has a beautiful vintage feel to it, but it also looks modern and hip enough for any party.

This watch is powered by an ultra precise VD77 Japanese quartz movement and is covered by the manufacturer’s comprehensive warranty.

The watch comes with a unique 24 hour subdial at the 12 o’clock position and the bright contrasting background is perfect for folks who want better clarity when reading time.

The case measures 42 mm x 9 mm, and is made from stainless steel. The dial window is made from Krysterna crystal.

SubQ Vs IM Injections: Which Is Better For TRT

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For this article we’re going to cover SubQ (Subcutaneous) vs IM (Intramuscular) injections for testosterone replacement therapy.

I’ll be going over the pros & cons of each & how I felt on both.

Let’s do a quick of both for those who aren’t familiar with the terms.

What are SubQ (Subcutaneous) injections

This is where you inject just under the skin, usually in the belly fat area. This method is relatively new for injecting testosterone, Subq is manly used for insulin injections.

Pros & Cons of SubQ TRT Injections

Pros

  • Very easy to administer, almost no pain
  • *Potentially need less (see link below on this)
  • Avoiding potential nerve damage

Cons

  • Estrogen Issues
  • Feeling dizzy/sick

So with Subq injections, you’re just a injecting directly into the fat so the only pain you should feel is inserting into the skin.

It has been discussed in the trt community from doctors that you may not need the same amount of testosterone to get the same or even higher testosterone blood level numbers from using subq vs IM.

With that being said, I think that could be true because as soon as I started injecting with SubQ at the same dose that I’ve been good at with IM, I had estrogen issues.

So I lowered the dose hoping this would not only fix the estrogen issues but I would also end saving money because I wasn’t having to inject as much.

Alas, I never made it long enough to see the results.

Every time I injected subq, I felt dizzy/sick feeling after it started to kick in (roughly 4-6 hours) after each injection and that feeling would last about the same amount of time.

This dizzy/sick feeling is not from the increased estrogen, as I had high estrogen for about a year on IM injections before I finally got my dose corrected and never felt that way.

Also, this is not a placebo because It took me over 3 weeks before I finally figured out what was causing it because I’ve never read anything like that as a side effect

What are IM (Intramuscular) injections

IM injections mean injecting into the muscle directly. This is the most common method of injecting testosterone.

There are specific spots you’ll want to inject when doing IM, I won’t cover this here but here is a good article reference on where you should look into doing your injections.

Pros & Cons of IM TRT Injections

Pros

  • No strange feelings of dizziness
  • Most common method of injections used; more research available on it.
  • My estrogen doesn’t spike as much versus what subq caused.

Cons

  • Injecting into the muscle is more painful than subq
  • Potential for nerve damage
  • Scar tissue buildup makes the injections more difficult overtime.

The number one pro is not having the dizziness and strange feeling that I get from subq injections.

Everything else could have been managed but, not knowing what the main cause was behind that and how it made me feel was a major factor on staying with IM injections.

IM injections has been the staple for how trt is injected so there is much more research based from it.

I didn’t have to start back trying to tackle, my estrogen issues; that shit gets old after one year of back n forth blood work and feeling like crap.

When first starting out the injections aren’t as bad as they become later. This is because the scar tissue buildup makes it more difficult to get into the muscle.

Therefore, you should rotate areas that you inject in.

I’m not to knowledgeable on the nerve damage aspect here but I’ve read that you can cause nerve damage from IM injections.

Which Injection Style Do I Recommend?

In my opinion, I like the IM way better.

With that being said, you will learn that trt is something that everyone reacts differently to.

The dosage, injection type, how often you inject etc..

I would say talk to your doctor and see what they say about subq vs im.

Subq is rather new in terms of using it for trt though so most doctors will just stick with what they know most likely, which is IM.

Another way to get a good idea how others react to different types is join a forum focused around trt and read peoples opinions on what they think about it.

One of the forums I’ve frequented when starting up on testosterone replacement therapy was excelmale.com. Got a lot of good feedback from other users their and there is actually some trt doctors that will post on the forum and answer questions.

I will say, don’t make any decisions on changing anything up with your trt protocol until after talking with your doctor.