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After a few false starts and patterns I finally finished my mark! Thought it was appropriate since I make mostly hunting/outdoor-type knives.

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This is my mark .....an L and a J ......and sometimes I put in a groove depending on the type of knife 

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Just finished making my mark, it is a monkeys foot. I don’t have my forge set up right now so I can’t test it on steel yet.DD06C5C0-DF07-4542-A9D1-FDC8241BDEFA.jpeg

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I chose to go with a nameas opposed to a glyph on reasonable advice about customers preference.20180404_161747-1224x1632.jpg

 

 

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This has been a struggle for me, the majority of my 30 knives went out unmarked.

I would prefer to etch myself, but couldn't find anybody that makes the little masks.

Also had another (better?) idea for a name, but Gerhard Gerber Knives will have to do.....

After a false start I found a small company that does fine work with a laser, this is what I settled on:

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I got mine when starting out from Ernie.

Haven't used it much since I started engraving mine. His are a very good product. I would recommend him to whoever wants to etch their own...

The first photo is etched using his mark.

The second is engraved using an electric CNC engraving tool.

www.erniesknives.com/knifemaker_stencil.htm

 

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On ‎6‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 1:41 AM, Gerhard said:

This has been a struggle for me, the majority of my 30 knives went out unmarked.

I would prefer to etch myself, but couldn't find anybody that makes the little masks.

Also had another (better?) idea for a name, but Gerhard Gerber Knives will have to do.....

After a false start I found a small company that does fine work with a laser, this is what I settled on:

ggmakers mark.JPG

By "little masks", do you mean stencils? If so, sign shops can make them.

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Stencils for etching.

Blue Lightning custom stencils

C/O Ernie www.erniesknives.com

Shrpknife@aol.com

1-407-568-5438

18440 Amityville Dr

Orlando, Florida, 32820

 

Great to deal with.

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Thanks for the suggestions, I checked out Ernie's site, will make a plan as soon as I have a way to make (and receive) international payments.

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heres mine. the only thing i want to do is put my name on the other side of the blade, so it has a recognizable logo, but also a name to go with it. my only thing is i dont like big script on a blade, so finding a stencil small enough is pretty damn hard.

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I designed myself a makers mark a while ago, but only recently used it on a blade. I'm going to see if I can get it in a stamp, this one was engraved on the blade, so it's not exact.

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I like it a lot Faye though I prefer smaller marks. 

Since we're at it, here's mine. It is 1/2" wide x 3/16" high. It was designed by a friend and produced by Infinity Stamps. I highly recommend this company, excellent service and product.

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Nice one, Faye!  Very arty horsehead, almost Celtic-looking.

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My humble addition.

My little little one man smithy (mostly blacksmithing & now working into blades) is called Florentine Fire. The art & craft of the Italian renaissance has been a inspiration to me since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Especially that originating in the city of Florence. So my mark is also a tribute to the city. Was adding a FF on either side, but it looked tacky. 

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Here´s mine:

Its the P and D of my name arranged in a monogram, the idea was to make a fairly neutral logo that can be used in modern and historical work.

ofcourse I forgot that stamps should be a mirror image at first and had to start again.<_<

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Here it is hot stamped into a blade.

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Mine is a simple 3 dot triangle to represent the Trinity. I do it on the blades only except for the curve backed buffalo horn bolsters that allso have it done via the pin workbuffalo skinner 3 pin bolster.jpg

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Here is my Makers Mark.  

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Here is a first attempt at a makers mark, I figured before my first sold knife goes to the post office tomorrow I should have some sort of mark on it, so I took a thin square file and made an M. It’s a little rough but with some practice it should look great 

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Finally getting around to posting this:

 

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BTW if anyone is looking for a way to make stencils, I found the Brother P-touch personal label printer with a stencil ribbon does a pretty good job. It's probably no where as good as adhesive vinyl stencils, but it allows some pretty good detail as it is a thermo-laser printer. 

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