I use a variety of tools to engrave on the end-grain block of wood (usually maple). The most common hand tool is the “spitsticker”, seen here, sitting on a block of boxwood.
This next picture shows how the tool is used during the engraving process.
I also use an electric engraving tool, shown in this photo. It’s similar to a dentist’s drill and sounds like one too.
It’s important to pay close attention to what’s going on and to avoid distractions when using a power tool. The results of being distracted can be dangerous and discouraging, as you can see in this photo.