My binders upgraded their hot stamping machine so I decided it was time to retire the old Nine Gates block, which I've had for 8 long years, and make new ones. The first pulls from the new blocks and the new machine are, for lack of a better word, fantastic. The impressions are sharp and deep, and I would dare say, look as good as hand-tooled. See pics below (there's also one comparing an older cover to the new one).
Old cover on the left, new one on the right.
All new orders for the Nine Gates (both weathered and unweathered) would have this new sharper covers. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in acquiring one.