What Should I Engrave on My Knife? Ideas for Customizing a Knife for You or Giving to Others

What is a gift you can give that will be used for years (or even decades), will be looked at and used daily, can be sharpened so it never looses its usefulness, and is appreciated more than many other gifts by the recipients?

An engraved knife!

Wood Handled Knife

Engraved Wood Handled Knife with Decorated Bolsters

Engraved knives are great ways to say Well Done, Thank You, and make great gifts or rewards. Everyone needs a knife at some point, and as Joe and Buzz say when asked if they have a knife on them, “Am I wearing pants?!” >>tweet this quote<<

Wondering what to engrave on the perfect knife? It depends on the occasion, but we often see:

  • Weddings: Title and Date on one location, Name or
    Initials on 2nd side (for example, Bestman on blade, and MJH on side 2
    of blade or on handle)
  • Weddings: Some people just engrave initials and the date
  • Corporate Gifts: Corporate logos, safety award milestones, sales accomplishments, project name. (For example, Movie Name on Handle, recipients name on blade)
  • wedding party knives

    Engraved Black Rescue Knives for Wedding Party

    Gifts to Customers: Either personalized with customers name, or engraved with givers logo/name and a “Thank You” message

  • Holiday Gifts (Father’s Day, anniversary gifts, etc):
    Names, Thank You messages expressing appreciation for what the recipient
    gave you, verses, quotes.

Here’s a few things to consider when customizing your knife, and common questions we get. (We engrave over 50,000 knives every year, so we see a lot of questions!)

    • All prices on our website include your custom engraving on one side. No character limits or extra fees.
    • The 2nd side adds an additional charge (available on most knives).
    • Many knives (wood handles, smooth metal handles) can have both the blade and handle engraved.
Hunting Knife

Engraved Hunting Knife

  • We ship knife orders in 2 to 4 days, larger orders (100+ pcs) take 3
    to 5 days. Have a deadline? Just mention it when checking out, we’ll
    meet it or contact you if you need to upgrade shipping!
  • Need to personalize all your knives with different names or
    initials? No problem, we do that all the time. Just follow these
    guidelines when ordering online or over the phone:
  • Add all the knives you want engraved to your cart at once
  • Enter your names one name per line in the Special Instructions Box.
  • If you are doing more than one line, just enter it in groupings, like this:



Spyderco Police Knife

Custom Spyderco Police Knife

Any other questions we missed? Let us know!

Ready to give the perfect gift? Check out our engraved knife collection here.


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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).

engraved knife example

Engraved Gerber Knife

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

engraved titanium coated knifeWe 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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