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Old 07-06-2023, 09:18 AM
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what does everyone use for a makers mark? i need a new mark as my old one was an old ithaca gun proof testing stamp....thinking of another stamp with my initials or last name....dont think i want to do the whole stencil engraving setup....what do you all use?...looking for ideas
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Old 07-06-2023, 03:37 PM
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Mine is old school name, city, state for easy ID. These days I have it lasered as the result is much cleaner and no worries of mess up like a worn out elctrochemical stencil that becomes fuzzy or has a hole allowing a spot to be unintendedly etched.


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Old 07-07-2023, 08:01 AM
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do you have it sent out or do you have a laser? sounds like a good option!
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I'm having this done through a local knife retailer/dealer that has a laser engraving machine. It is a scalable mark that to me is better than using stencils. I've heard from some that following a laser marking that they have to lightly go over the area to clear a haze. Coated blades it is different but there are variables among machines to learn about. The 50 watt laser this shop uses produces a clean mark at the onset so no other work is necessary.

If I did enough volume I'd consider buying one, probably used though. I'm not aware what the prices of lasers are though. From a brief look they range $1,200 -$1,700. In that regard an electro chemical type stencil system is $400 roughly so not as big an investment. With fresh stencils a very good crisp mark can be done so one of those cost relationships to consider.

This is a pair that were laser marked early on: One is darker because he ran one blade twice to experiment. Now a single pass is sufficient.

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Did these two today. The nice part is the ease at changing them. The collector of the stag fighter his was unique so it was marked with a 1 of 1 etch. No picture for me because he took delivery at the shop.



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