Who needs a knife?

Rescue Knife

Rescue Knife in use during a camping trip

“If you haven’t yet discovered the joy of having a quality knife, you owe it to yourself to learn”

When I was 10 years old, my father gave my sister and me our first pocket knives for Christmas. Mine was a two-blade Old Timer knife. Being a bit of a tomboy, I loved that thing. I used it for trimming my toenails and eating apples, as well as very useful things like peeling the bark off sticks. I lost that knife 14 years later at the airport when I forgot to remove it from my back pack. I have only the scar on my thumb from the time I cut myself rather deeply to remember it by.

Knives (especially customized ones) are a wonderful and practical gift for just about anyone old enough to handle one safely. There are a multitude of good knives out there – from a small single blade pocket knife to a hefty, do-it-all Leatherman tool. You are guaranteed to find one for any recipient on your list. Here’s a few ideas:

For the housewife, try a Buck Gent, small and lightweight, but more than able to handle opening envelopes and packages, cutting off tags, and any other task that requires a quick sharp blade.

For the hunter, how about a sturdy knife able to gut your prey as well come in handy around camp as you prepare meals and split kindling?  There’s even camo handles (and pink camo for the gals!).

For an EMT, firefighter, outdoorsman, or police officer, a rescue knife is an ideal gift; whether they are on the job, in the car, camping, or just hanging out at home, these tools come in handy.  With features like flashlights, glass breakers, sharp blades, and/or seat belt cutters, you can’t go wrong!

Ah, groomsmen.  While shot glasses and cuff links are nice, why not gift them with a knife that will last them years and never go out of style?  Personalize the blade or handle and you’ll be the groom-of-the-year. (And while we’re at it, more petite knives make fantastic and unique gifts for the ladies of the wedding party as well!)

Let’s not forget graduates, mothers and fathers, bosses, secretaries, anglers, veterans, pastors, and teachers…the list goes on. And, of course, it just makes the gift that much more special when you personalize it with a name, quote, date, or inside joke.  Who wouldn’t want a customized pocket knife?

In the comment section below, share with us your favorite memory of a knife you used to own or currently use – what makes a good knife to you?

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Personalized Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and whether you are buying gifts for your father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, or friend (or any combination of those!), it can be tough to find something that really expresses how grateful you are for them that isn’t outrageously expensive or excessively tacky. Hence, the shopping can be arduous and stressful.

Let us help you this year. We offer quality, personalized gifts, and you can find something for everyone on your list! From Buck knife to Thermos to bbq tools to fleece vest, your only difficulty will be choosing among your options!

Here are some ideas from a couple of the dads on the Lazer Team:

Father FrameThe Father’s Frame!  Personalize below the photo hole with names, a date, or a fun quote.

Is your dad into fishing, hunting or cycling? We have a custom photo frame for that!






buck flashpointA Buck Flashpoint!  Stylish and handy, with a clip for versatile carrying, this one is always a winner.

Great curves, great feel. Read one Lazer Dad’s review of his Buck Flashpoint




bottle and can openerBottle and Can Opener.  Who doesn’t need one?  Especially one that has a unique engraving just for dad.




round marble paperweightRound Marble Paperweight.  Engrave this with special words to remind dad during the workday how much he is loved, or with a family photo for a unique and memorable gift!





So, there’s a few suggestions to get you going!  Need more Father’s Day gift ideas?

If you just can’t decide, give us a call at 877-365-2737 or drop a line to info@lazerdesigns, and we’ll be glad to help you find the perfect, customized gift!

In the comments section, let us know what amazing Father’s Day gifts you received or gave this year!

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Review of the Buck Redpoint and Buck Flashpoint – Product Review and Comparison after carrying both

I’ve carried the Buck Redpoint for 1.5 years now, and I am very happy with its performance as an every day carry knife. I use it to open packages, cut tape, cords, ropes, cardboard and when in the great outdoors a variety of camping tasks. Read my Buck Redpoint review here.

It has never let me down! It has a great combo edge blade which comes in handy. It is not slippery even when wet, and holds a pretty good edge.

Recently, I had the opportunity to upgrade to the Buck Flashpoint – in my opinion, a much sleeker feeling, stylish and more functional knife because it has a carabiner clip on the end, so I can clip it on a pack or loop if I don’t want to carry in my pocket.

What are the differences in the Buck Redpoint and Buck Flashpoint, you ask? Well, let’s compare the two.

buck redpointBuck Redpoint (click to personalize and see more info)
Engraved Price: $36.00 to $27.26
buck flashpointBuck Flashpoint (click to personalize and see more info)
Engraved Price: $52.50 to $40.37
Blade Length: 2 3/4″(7 cm)
Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel
Blade Serrated: Yes
Carry System:  Belt Clip
Handle Material: Thermoplastic with Rubber Overmold, Blue
Length Closed: 4 3/8″(11.1 cm)
Locking: Yes
One Hand: Yes
Weight: 2.9 oz.(82.6 g)
Key Features: SafeSpin open/close, all weather grip, Bottle opener on end
Other notes: Easier to use bottle opener than Flashpoint but lacks carabiner
Blade Sharpness:
Perfect for:
Safety Awards, Thank you gifts, customer appreciation gifts
Available colors: Black, Blue, Gray, Yellow
Blade Length:   2 7/8″ (7.3 cm)
Blade Material:   420HC
Blade Serrated:   Yes
Carry System:   Carabineer clip & Belt Clip
Handle Material:   Anodized aluminum
Length Closed:   4 1/2″ (11.4 cm)
Locking:   Yes
One Hand: Yes
Weight:   4 oz. (113.9 g)
Key Features: SafeSpin open/close, bottle opener & carabiner on end
Other notes: Slides in pocket easier than Redpoint with smooth anodized aluminum body
Blade Sharpness:
Perfect for: Safety Awards, Thank you gifts, graduation gifts, camping and outdoors
Available colors: Black, Blue, Orange

Which knife do you prefer and why? Share in the comments! If you found this review helpful, please share it with friends and co-workers!

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How to reward employees and give to a worthy cause at the same time using these gift cards

Gas prices – ouch!

A great way (especially with gas prices the way they are!) to reward and recognize your team is with gas cards or grocery cards.

Consider the Kroger family of stores gift cards – if ordered through your favorite charity, Kroger gives 5% of the value to the charity – for the life of the card!

So you can give a small gift or token of appreciation, and give back at the same time, and then when the recipient reloads it – 5% goes back to the charity!

We did this here at LazerDesigns and gave back to Global Refugee International – GRI with some gas/grocery cards for our entire team. Each time Team Lazer members reload their card, GRI gets 5%.

Do you have a non-profit? Learn more here and sign up, and post in the comments a link to your webpage or facebook page so we can check out your cause!

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Where are Buck Knives made? In the USA? Overseas in China? How do I tell?

We get asked a lot “What do you have made in the USA?” We love that question and are happy to support domestic production with our Made in USA gifts and promotional items.

Buck Vantage *MADE IN THE USA*

Buck Vantage *MADE IN THE USA*

Custom engraved Buck Knives are one of many items and brands we carry that are proudly made in USA.

Many Buck Knives are made in their Idaho plant, and some Buck Knives are made overseas – how do you tell which Buck knives are made in the USA, which ones are made in China?

Update on 3/12/2013: Today, Buck makes 88% of their knives in Idaho, USA, and 12% overseas. They continue to work hard to bring more and more production to the United States.

Here’s our handy list, with  many of the common Buck Knife models. This is not a comprehensive list, but may get you started. Wondering about a knife not here? Send us an email and we’ll let you know.

If you find this list helpful, please share it on your social networks and support Made in USA items!

Remember that any Buck Knife carries with it Buck’s famous Forever Warranty, and we find that Buck Knives made in China still have superb quality and durability.



Do you have any additions, corrections to this list? Post in the comments below! What is your experience with Buck knives made in the USA vs. knives made in China?

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LazerStone Outdoor Plaques installed and protected by Morris B. Scquire Foundation

Have you ever needed a quality outdoor plaque? Finding an outdoor safe personalized plaque can be a challenge!

A challenge we’ve solved!

Outdoor Plaques installed by Morris Squire

Outdoor Plaques installed by Morris Squire

These Lazer Stone plaques are outdoor safe, durable and elegant, and Morris Squire put them to great use as shown to left and in their blog post here.

Lazer Stone outdoor plaques can be used for pet memorials, memorial plaques or any where a stone-like plaque is needed.

These custom outdoor plaques are not actual stone, but solid acrylic - better than stone in many respects:

  • Lighter than stone
  • If it gets scratched, scuffed, or otherwise damaged, a quick buff with 300 grit sand paper restores the finish to new!
  • When applying a sealant to the plaque, they are protected from UV radiation and the elements
Lazer Stone Pet Memorial Stone

Pet Memorial Stone

One great benefit to these plaques is they can be color filled in any color – or even multiple colors!

These plaques are made in Colorado, are laser engraved in our Broomfield, Colorado facility.

How do you make the Lazer Stone Plaques Outdoor Safe?

By spraying the plaque with a paint sealant or urethane sealant, you will seal in the color filled engraving and the plaque – protecting it from harmful UV rays and the elements.

Custom Outdoor Safe Plaques

Multiple colors on outdoor safe plaques

Morris Squire found that Varathane, from Home Depot, and 8 to 10 thin coats gives years of protection to the custom plaques.

You can also request that they be “Made Outdoor Safe” when placing your order with us and we’ll do the work for you.

How will you use your custom outdoor plaques? Send us your photos, we love to see them in use!

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What about artwork? How to submit camera ready, high quality artwork for great printing results

Here at Lazer Designs, we get to review A LOT of logos and images.  Sometimes they are ready to be lasered, and sometimes, well, sometimes they need a little work.  When it comes to laser engraving, or just about any other printing method, the better the input artwork, the better the output!

So, when you are choosing your art, look at the file type and go with the highest resolution possible.  If you have a VECTOR file (EPS, AI, PDF, CDR) this is almost always the BEST OPTION!  However, we understand that not everyone has access to these types of files, so we also accept .JPG, .TIFF, .PNG, .PSD, and Microsoft Office files at a 300dpi+ resolution.
For resolution, take a look at these examples:

Low quality image This image is LOW quality, and would not laser as well as a higher resolution image. The jagged edges may come across when lasered. (this was a .gif used on a webpage)
High quality image This image is higher quality, with crisp edges, and would laser well. (this was a 300dpi .PNG file)

If you’re not sure how your art will look or if you can’t find a high resolution image, just email your logo to us ahead of time and we’ll take a look and provide any tips and feedback. Remember to tell us what you want to engrave it on – some surfaces are more forgiving than others!

Sometimes we will be able to recreate or clean up low quality art.  We are experts with cleaning up artwork and sometimes there is no charge.  If a charge does apply, we will ALWAYS contact you before charging you any additional fees.

What about lasering my logo on Apparel?

apparel artwork for lasering

Apparel (especially fleece) does not show small details as well as other substrates, so we have to be sure details are large enough to show up.

Follow these guidelines for lasering your artwork onto custom apparel:

  • Files must be at least 100dpi in one of the following formats (.JPEG or .PNG) or vector art
  • Files must be black, no color or gradients
  • Fonts smaller than 30 point will not work!
  • Images must be block style. Any fine detail will not show when lasered in fleece! (see diagram)

Other textiles, such as denim, some synthetics and dyed cotton may show smaller details very nicely.

Can you laser engrave photographs?

We can also engrave your photographs! See example of engraved photographs.  Photographs should be in as large a file as you have. Photos look best when there is a quiet background (or solid color in background).

One last important tip: if you have already placed an order with us, reference your order number in any correspondence – doing so will save time and help us serve you better!

Please call or e-mail with any questions or if you would like a quote on your artwork!

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