Maker's Mark Font Size


Gold Member
Jan 6, 2022
I know this is highly subjective and dependent on actual font chosen, but I'm hoping there is enough willing to answer to see a bit of a pattern. For those that use only their names or name of company (excluding logo), what font size(s) did you choose for your initial and subsequent stencil order? I'm leaning towards either a single line on the spine or perpendicular to the spine on the ricasso for placement, possibly on the upper flat if the other two won't work. I'm thinking most of my work will be from 0.125" spines to 0.187" at the max. I've printed out what I think will work and placed mockups on some blades, just looking for a reality check and curious as to what the pros find they actually end up using vs. what they thought they may use when they originally put their artwork in for stencil creation. Thank you for your insight!

Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

ilmarinen - MODERATOR
Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
Aug 20, 2004
Keep it readable but not too big. I think I use around .100-.125" high letters most often. Obviously, it depends on the length of the name being etched. It varies from knife to knife depending on the size of the knife.

I use my name (14 spaces)

Stacy E. Apelt
Norfolk, VA

This comes out just about 1" long by 1/2" high. On long blades I engrave it as one line - Stacy E. Apelt - Norfolk, VA

Order your stencils in several sizes. Two different configurations (as above) is also wise
Oct 18, 2018
Good Questions....Curious of the answers you get.
I'm thinking of markings too, and am lost on Stamping, engraving, etching.....


Basic Member
Jun 29, 2011
I measured knives I’ve bought in larger sizes and smaller sizes and went with that. I have a 3-5 inch blade sized one to an 8-12 inch blade sized one. I’ll have to measure when I get home.