For that purpose, we use both brass dies and magnesium ones. Their performed work is very precise. Due to the brass, even small details are durable. Chemigraphy die is a cheaper and quicker alternative solution, which is a perfect supplement for brass dies.
The answer to the question what to choose, depends on many factors related to the specification of a given task. Default thicknesses of brass dies are: 1.63 mm, 4 mm, 7 mm. Thicknesses of magnesium dies are: 1.75 mm, 3 mm, 5 mm, and 7 mm. A groove in gilding dies is 1.5 mm of thickness.