How much does it cost to engrave a knife?

A good knife is hard to find!

Once you find that perfect constant companion, that you keep in your pocket or bag, a great way to set it apart, to personalize it, is with laser engraving!

Technically, most of the time, we laser “etch” the knife if lasering on the blade, and “engrave” it on the wood handle (if the knife has a wood handle).

What’s the difference? Laser etching does not have depth (it is a permanent mark on the surface in a light tone-on-tone color or black, or if the blade is coated with a darker gray titanium coating, the laser etching comes out silver).

Laser engraving has depth – and is typical on wood handles.

What does it cost to engrave a knife?

It depends a little on quantity, below you can find some guidelines for custom lasering by Lazer Designs. Of course, this assumes you already have your knife – and are not going to purchase along with engraving (which you can do from our engraved knives store here)

Standard shaped knife (typical folders, fixed blades, most knives):
$35 each for one knife
$20 each for 2 knives
$15 each for 4 knives
$10 each for 6+ knives
$7 each for 12+ knives
If you are looking for more than 12, best to email to get a quote, including information about the knife you want customized, what you want to engrave on it, and your quantity. For 500+, we are around $0.75 to $1.50, depending on size of knife and engraving.

Larger knives, swords, machetes, or more expensive knives ($120+ retail price), the cost is typically:
$40 each for one knife
$25 each for 2 knives
$20 each for 4 knives
$15 each for 6+ knives

We don’t have a character limit fee (that price includes whatever fits on the engraving area – no extra charge if over a certain number of letters). Includes text, logos, clipart – whatever you want to laser. No setup fee. Additional locations (like 2nd side of blade, or blade and handle) usually add $2 to $5 per location depending on quantity.

We customize tens of thousands of knives every year – from 1 or 2 for groomsmen or cake servers or gifts for your boss, to hundreds or thousands at a time for corporate giveaways and customer appreciation gifts. What better way to say Thank You than with a quality, personalized knife that will be kept, used and sharpened and used again for decades to come?

 

 

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What can keep drinks hot for days and cold for days? My 2 favorite Thermoses! (Product Review)

This is a Product Review from Team Lazer member Tami

persoanlized thermos hydration bottleMy absolute favorite Thermoses are the leak proof backpack bottle (aka commuter bottle) (MUGTJMW500P6) and the hydration bottle (MUGT2465P).

I usually use the backpack bottle for hot drinks. Let me tell you, it works. I have had coffee in it and left it in my car in 0 degree temperatures here in Colorado and came commuter bottleout a few hours later expecting it to be cool, it was still piping hot!

This also keeps cold drinks very cold, but I usually use the hydration bottle for my cold drinks. I like the spout on it for drinking cold drinks.

Any time my family and I go on trips, we take one of these bottles. Not only are they great quality, keeping your drinks hot or cold, they are eco-friendly and save money.

One of our customers offered this tip on the Backpack/Commuter bottle (which works on any Thermos product): “If you pre-heat the mug, they will keep fluids warm for over 12 hrs.” Thanks, Wyatt!

Thermos Comparison

commuter bottleBackpack/Commuter Bottle Hydration Bottle persoanlized thermos hydration bottle
Unbreakable Stainless Steel with Thermax double wall vacuum insulation Unbreakable Stainless Steel with Thermax double wall vacuum insulation
16oz Capacity 18oz Capacity
Fits standard cup holders Fits standard cup holders
Lid of Backpack/Commuter Bottle
Both have full featured lids
thermos brand hydration bottle engraved
$32 to $17.20 personalized $24 to $12.17 personalized
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The Perfect Personalized Cutting Board – tips on what to engrave for the perfect wedding gift

Whether your friends are professional chefs or are creating a kitchen from nothing, a personalized bamboo cutting board is the perfect wedding gift!

wedding cutting board

Thank you for all the work on the wedding gift for my friend. It was perfect! She’ll use it for years. This is now my go to wedding gift. – Angela, Austin, Texas

There are so many ways that you can make this wedding gift creative and unique, showing your thoughtfulness and the recipients’ personalities. A great idea, but what to engrave? Here are some helpful hints so you can create your own masterpiece!

1. Names – There is nothing boring about “just” engraving the bride and groom’s names, especially with so many fonts to choose from. Using an elegant or fun font adds a lot of personality and can even match the style of their kitchen or their wedding! Include the wedding date or location to make it extra personal.
2. Date – To create a formal look put the date of their wedding under their names or initials. The date should be a smaller size than the names and not much wider. More traditional fonts like Times New Roman work better on smaller text as it is more easily read on personalized bamboo cutting boards for wedding gifts.

just received the cutting boards and they looked great. on my second order now – Neil H.


3. Artwork – An image is worth a thousand words, right? We have many image choices in the clip art gallery (or you can use any royalty free image from the internet), this is the perfect addition to the names and date. Do your friends have a beloved dog? Like to travel? Enjoy nature? Find an image that suits them, or send in your own!

4. Placement - For best layout any text should be under the image so that it aligns visually with the bottom edge of the board.

malibu custom engraved cutting board

We ordered this cutting board from you for our daughter and she loved it. Thank you for the service. – Bonita

For placement, we recommend a corner so that the main area of your personalized cutting board is available for chopping – without chopping up the engraving. Bottom right or top left is most common. If your design is more elongated, across the top or bottom also looks great.

Now that you have these ideas, test them out! Using a piece of paper (if you prefer it) or a graphics layout program (if you are computer savvy) in landscape layout sketch out your idea until you have found the perfect arrangement.

Then just select the fonts (see our list or use yours) and artwork you want (see our Clipart Gallery here), write any layout instructions in the special instructions box, and order!

We will send a mockup of your personalized wedding cutting board (or custom cutting board for any other occasion) for your approval prior to laser engraving it in our Colorado facility.

When choosing a custom cutting board for a wedding, you have a few options for wood type – bamboo, most popular, and maple, which is also a hard wood. I recommend bamboo for several reasons:

  • Bamboo is 16 percent harder than maple, yet easy on your knives.
  • Bamboo cutting boards are naturally anti-microbial.
  • Custom cutting Boards are easy to maintain. Wash with warm water and towel dry. Oil once in a while to keep looking nice.

Most of our wedding cutting boards are Totally Bamboo brand, which uses organically grown Moso bamboo, so you need not worry about harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Plus, this bamboo is not a food source, or a habitat, for the Giant Panda. Totally good for you and totally good for the environment!

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Personalized Wholesale Agate – Laser engraved with your text, logo or design

When restocking your rock shop with wholesale agate, consider having it customized – laser engraved with your shop logo, town slogan, location images (like skiing, moose, etc)

Laser Engraved wholesale agate slice with rock shop logoLazer Designs is proud to introduce wholesale priced laser engraved agate – hand selected pieces of agate, laser engraved in or Broomfield, Colorado facility in brilliant white.

As you know, agate already looks beautiful when combined with natural or LED lighting – the laser engraving makes it stand out even more, adding more value and allowing for a higher price point.

customized agate slice with Estes Park laseredWe laser engrave your town or location name (IE, Ouray, CO), the area’s slogan (IE “Like No Place on Earth”) or images and clipart about what makes your town set apart – skiers, snowboarders, moose, elk, mountain ranges, trees, activities like hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or anything else.

We have a variety of sizes, and can even laser on your supplied agate.

All larger customized agate slices come with a clear acrylic stand to help increase exposure and to show off the beauty of the laser engraved image.

What makes laser engraved agate turn white? When our co2 lasers hit the smooth agate slice, it vaporizes the surface and turns a brilliant white color. It is a permanent marking, with no depth, smooth to the touch, and shows back-light well.

We also sell Christmas Ornament Agate slices, custom agate keychains, agate magnets, agate jewelry pendants in addition to a variety of sizes shown here.

What will you laser today?

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Business Mom’s blog recommends promotional products

Over at Thinking Outside the Sandbox, a site dedicated to helping moms create and grow their businesses and blogs, they had a recent article on using promotional products and business branding.

They mentioned a lot of what we agree with – below is a summary. Many of their statements are mirrored in our recent post on the topic.

  • It is often wise to partner with a professional who has experience in the development and distribution of promotional products
  • The more positive experiences that consumers have, the more apt they are to purchase products and services
  • Some psychologists suggest that familiarity leads to liking.
  • The best way to increase familiarity is to give away promotional items.

Check out the rest of the article here and more tips on marketing your business here.

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My favorite BBQ set – great utensils, long reach handles, good case (Product Review)

This is a Product Review from Team Lazer member Tami

5 piece Bamboo BBQ Set

5 piece Bamboo BBQ Set

I started using the 5 piece BBQ set last year and have to say, it has the best bbq utensils. Using this grilling set actually makes grilling more enjoyable.

The long reach handles are perfect for reaching your food in the far back of the grill without burning yourself. The spatula not only has the bottle opener, but is also a nice size for getting under those larger burgers for flipping.

Let me tell you, the knife is extremely sharp and cuts through steak like butter! The fork is great for poking holes in potatoes, too!

Everything is so sturdy. I love being able to keep the utensils all together in the case, which are securely kept in with Velcro and elastic bands, so nothing falls out when you open the case. If you enjoy grilling, I really do recommend this item.

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Best Friends Picture Frames – 3 Ideas to create your own custom best friends picture frame!

Best Friends Picture Frame

Best Friends Picture Frame

Best Friend’s are precious – and a gift! When we have cherished memories of times with our best friends, we want to preserve those memories – in our minds, and also by using photos of the good times together.

The best way to remember those good times is to get together with your friends – relive the memories and recall the funny moments.

The second best way? A custom, laser engraved best friends picture frame – with your name, their name, the location of THAT incident, the date you will never forget.

Here are some ideas for your next Best Friends Picture Frame – whether it is a gift for your friend or just a way for you to remember the memory.

Idea 1
Pick out and personalize a best friends picture frame. Get one for each friend in the photograph (and yourself of course), and then insert the photo into the frame before you send the gift to your friends!

Black Best Friends Photo Frame

Black & Silver Best Friends Photo Frame

Idea 2
Not only can you personalize the photo frame with your names, location or text – but you can laser engrave clipart or photographs ONTO the frame! We have a gallery of clipart to choose from, or you can send in your own. Fill in the sides with symbols and images, and engrave your text on the top and bottom for a unique frame.

Idea 3
Personalize your best friends picture frame with a funny quote, special note or the name of a place you’ve visited together. What would make them smile and laugh just at the thought? What phrase became the trademark of your time together?

Ready to get started? Design your frame in your favorite layout program (CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator for instance) and then send your layout in, or our design experts can create a unique frame for you if you just let us know what to laser and where!

Click here to get started shopping our Best Friends Picture Frames.

 

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New movie Divergent gives personalized Buck Nobleman knives from LazerDesigns

Custom engraved Divergent knife

Custom engraved Divergent knife

What do you get a movie star to celebrate an exciting new role? A custom engraved Buck Nobleman knife is the answer! Lazer Designs is excited to be part of celebrating the launch of Divergent, the new film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s book, by custom engraving these stylish pocket knives for the cast.

Divergent knifes with movie title on handle, and character name on blade

Divergent knifes with movie title on handle, and character name on blade

Complete with their character’s name on the blade and the movie title on the handle, be on the lookout for these knives to be seen around Hollywood!

Check out who will be holding a Lazer Designs custom creation as new casting announcements are made and we see who is joining Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet in this highly anticipated production. Film is in theaters May 2015 but you can get a custom engraved knife anytime!

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Personalized Spyderco Knives have arrived at Lazer Designs

Spyderco Endura4 Stainless Handle C10

Spyderco Endura4 Stainless Handle C10

Spyderco has been around for years and has made a name in the knife community for their unique, quality blades and handles.  We here at Lazer Designs are excited to offer you laser engraving on these great knives.

This is the perfect choice for an thank you gift, safety award, birthday gift or Christmas present.  View our Custom Spydercos to check out all the models (and colors!), including the Byrd line and, for a smaller design, the micro-sized Bug knives!

To learn more about Spyderco blade edge grinds, see our blog post on the different types of Spyderco edge grinds!

My favorite Spyderco is the Rescue series – I love the blade and few extra features. I’ve carried one for years. Our most popular custom Spyderco knives are the Police model, the USA made Manix, the stainless steel Endura and Delica, and the Byrd line, Cara Cara and Meadowlark.

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7 steps to choosing to perfect promotional item for your business

While we know that promotional items work (see part 1 of this series for stats and stories that show that), it is easy to miss the mark and give away something that ends up in the trash. Let’s face it, not many people want another lanyard.

Follow these tips when choosing your next promotional item to help ensure you accomplish your goals with the program or event!

promotional thermosConnect your business to your promotion (and your promotional item)
If you sell cars, it doesn’t make sense to give out staplers. If you are in oil and gas, it probably won’t connect with your company to hand out manicure kits. Have LazerDesigns, or do it yourself, work on a unique promotional item that fits your business’s industry and your values, beliefs and goals.

Quality, Quality, Quality.
Make sure the quality of the promotional item meets your standards. Sometimes, it is appropriate to give away a super low cost item, which is fine – as long as it lines up with your goals and business. Choose a higher quality, smaller size item over a lower quality, larger in size item. Invest a little more in something that will have a longer “in use” life.

promotional credit card openerImprint, Imprint, Imprint. It’s all in the imprint.
Make sure your imprint conveys your message. Spend time crafting a well worded slogan or teaser to generate curiosity. Include QR codes only where appropriate. Include your website whenever there is room.

Spread the word
If it fits your goals for the promotion, tell people (especially those in your target market) you have some free stuff! Doing so gets you some exposure, and brings people to you. Again, as long as they are in your market, you want to give away as many as possible, right (since they’ll tend to think of your business more fondly, more likely to do business with you, more likely to do repeat business with you, more likely to refer others to you when they receive a promo item)?

Pick your person
Rather than try and pass out as many promotional items as possible, try and target them to your target market. Identify your perfect customer, and only give them to these customers, or customers very similar.

promotional leatherman multi toolMake it useful – for the recipient
Give items that your target market will use in their environment, especially where the decisions are made whether or not to purchase your products or services. If you are targeting executives, give them something for their offices. If production managers, rulers, flashlights, knives, multi-tools, or something trade specific.

Personalize it.
While we love to give away items with our logo on them, people are really fond of items with THEIR names on them. People love seeing their own name. LazerDesigns has no minimum order, so you can personalize pens or other items with names (and with your logo if there is room).

Associate an existing product or service with your promotional item for more impact. Match your advertising and other marketing to the promotional item – the promo item is just one part of the puzzle! Packaging, delivery and follow up should all meld together in one seamless experience for the end user.

Next, we’ll learn how to effectively give out and use your promotional items to grow your business!

 

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