Handle Logo Inlay

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Pressure-Welder, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Pressure-Welder


    Dec 14, 2019
    Hello all, I started making custom knives in 1994. I have been away from it for a few years, however I'm going to be getting back into it shortly for friends and family in my "spare time".

    I am thinking about doing a small run, 20-30 identical knives for my group of co-workers. I am thinking about insetting the company logo into the handle. I'm wondering how to go about this. Getting an aprox .5" x 1.25" logo made so I can inset it and fill it over. Anybody have a company in mind that can make such a logo in painted plastic. Or even silver etc. Thanks for looking!!
  2. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    i have not heard of that but most trophy shops do engraving.


    Dec 17, 2005
    Have you consider having the handles laser engraved?
  4. Tom Lewis

    Tom Lewis

    Feb 24, 2000
    I use a scroll saw to cut out the picture and then use turquoise inlace from Crafts Supply to fill in.
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  5. ten-six


    Mar 11, 2017
    Have you thought about contacting a company that makes lapel pins? A lapel pin with the protrusions cut off the back sounds like just what you want.
  6. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Several ways:
    If you are inlaying a medallion ( logo on a shaped piece of metal) use a template and a micro-router. A parser is the old school version of the same thing.
    If you have access to a small CNC router, you can set it to cut the exact pocket.
    A laser can cut the pocket sides and cut lines that make removing the extra wood simple.

    The worst way to do it is by hand. For a one-off, it will work if you are experienced with a flex shaft and small carbide burrs, but it is extremely hard to get an exact fit by hand 30 times in a row.
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  7. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 27, 2014
  8. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Contact a company like Mental Co and have them print you handle material with the logo already there. https://mentalco.myshopify.com/collections/pre-order

    I heard somewhere (probably facebook) about a person that 3D prints a base, then fills with an acrylic resin to make handle slabs. That could also be done with a logo.
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  9. timos-

    timos- KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 22, 2012
    You might also consider a stencil for etching, you could etch the logo on the blade or maybe in the butt cap of the handle.

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