We offer three types of engraving.


Diamond Drag is a surface engraving that pretty much just cuts through the coating leaving bright letters (basically exposing the steel surface).


Laser Engraving is engraved into the steel before after it is coated, leaving blackened letters (like a deep grey color).


Hand Engraving is a very special and custom touch done meticulously by the lead Oompa-Loompa, under the close scrutiny of Sporkgirl.


Choose carefully. Once in the steel, it doesn't come out. See the examples of each below.


Generally our engravings are going to add cost to our blades from here on out, until we strike oil in our back-yard. This is because the desert is a big place - and since we live on the opposite side of the desert from our fantastic retired NAVY engraver, the fuel costs are currently painful. And since the name of our pain is GAS - we felt like we should share it with you. After all, it's only a small word - and not too big a cost to engrave whatever you want on our works of art.


See our Pricing List for details on cost.?

Diamond Drag Engraving

An example of a "Diamond Drag" engraving - where the surface is cut with a diamond, but not much beyond the coating itself.
Another example of Diamond Drag engraving.

Laser Engraving

Deep engraving can only be done into soft steel. This level of engraving leaves a deep mark - and beneath coating, looks almost stamped into the metal. This cannot be done on our original CQBTs.

Hand Engraving

An example of the swirled patterns which can be cut into the steel by hand. This level of engraving is negotiated and may require beer or hard cider.
Two finished butterfly swords done with hand-engraving. Note the pics below for close-ups of the detail involved. This engraving was all done by-hand.
Detail on finished butterfly sword.
The completed hand-engraved side of the Butterfly Sword. This level of hand-engraving is always a negotiated price.

For those interested, our knives feature a zero-grind style at between 7.5 and 11 degrees. We do each of these completely by-hand and by-eyeball. There are no jigs at work here. Our grinder features a ten-inch wheel with a variable speed controller - and we run it at high pressures with a 70 duro contact wheel and 2 inch x 72-inch blaze ceramic belts. 

We do not, however, weigh our knives. If you are worried about how much they weigh, you must be preparing to take them into space. Hope you have a good trip.

Our steels have been LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV, ELMAX, M390, CTS-204P, Z-FINIT Nitrogen Steel, CPM-20CV and a couple in N690 and Cowry X. We are always experimenting - and always looking for new materials and treatments. 

Our coatings are also specialized stuff: We use Black-T and Black Diamond DLC. Our blades are sent out to those two companies to accomplish that work, depending on the requirements of the project.

We do all our own firing and cryo work. Everything by-hand and by-heart.




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(yep. We are that busy)


Troops come first.


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