Tim Leatherman has a story to tell about his famous company. Hi company is not very old, but it’s very famous world-wide. His story starts with necessity being the mother of invention. While on vacation, he had his scout knife, but he really needed a pair of pliers time after time. So in 1983 he invented a special pair of pliers that also had other tools built into the handle. It was called the PST, and debuted in Cabela’s that year. This tool had no competition at the time, so Tim patented its design. Today, in 2021, engraved Leatherman tools can be found in many tool boxes, cars, trucks, boats, and workshops everywhere. Here’s an early prototype that is on display at the factory in Portland Oregon.
Did you ever have a knife give out on you before the job was done? Engraved Kershaw knives won’t leave you hanging. They arrive sharp, and stay sharp for a long time. When you need dependability, you need a Kershaw. The high grade stainless steel is just the right Rockwell hardness to stay sharp, without being too hard and brittle.
The original folding fruit knife was made of silver and mother-of-pearl in the late
1700’s in England. Why those materials? Silver is relatively soft, but it is resistant to the citric acid that would eat away at steel. Also, silver has anti-microbial qualities, which would tend to keep the knife free from harmful growths of bacteria. Mother-of-pearl is also impervious to citric acid, and it adds to the beauty of the knife. The less expensive fruit knives had celluloid handles, which would also be resistant to the acid content of fruits.
Today, most fruit knives are made of stainless steel. Sometimes plastic handles are used, to make the knife handle last longer.
In America, the fruit knife became popular in the 1930’s. Many companies would have their logo imprinted on the plastic handles in their corporate colors. They would give these as advertising products to their customers. Many are found in the possession of knife collectors today.
These specialty knives are made with very long skinny spear blades. Some blades are serrated. They are used by fruit and meat inspectors to get a sample from deep inside the product. The inspectors can then examine the smell, texture, and color of the product.
Credits: Some of this information is from the book Advertising Cutlery, Richard D. White, 1999.
YouTube has a few interesting videos on how to electro-etch your imprint on the blade of a pocket knife. Just go to Google and type in logo knives and click the “videos” tab, to find some short videos. They show how any do-it-yourself-er can develop this interesting hobby. I tried this method when I was in high school, and had some success. It involves using DC current, which passes through a salt water-soaked pad, which is placed onto a stencil that is temporarily taped to the knife blade. The electricity just eats away at the steel, and your imprint is slightly dug out of the steel blade. For the stencil material, I used an old-fashioned
mimeograph stencil. I don’t suppose you can find that material now. You would put it into your typewriter, and the striking action of the steel letters would damage the stencil enough to make it permeable to liquids. You wouldn’t use the typewriter ribbon. You would turn off the ribbon. So the permeable area that is the “letter” would act like a screen in a screen printing process. Only you wouldn’t be using ink. You would be driving the salt water through the screen area. Today, you can have someone make you the stencils, then you can do the fun part.
If you don’t need a hobby like this, you can have a professional knife etching company apply your corporate logo. Electro etching is only one way of doing this. Modern laser engraving machines have become more popular. They actually make a deeper, more permanent imprint into the stainless steel knife blade.
This past year, many people have turned to cooking and baking as new hobbies. So much so, that there was even a shortage on flour early on in the pandemic!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at baking a good ol’ traditional apple pie. It doesn’t require any fancy tricks or too much skill. You can even just skip the homemade crust altogether and buy a frozen crust! All you need are some apples, sugar, and perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg. There are countless recipes online- go find one that sparks your interest on #ApplePieDay.
Once your pie is fresh out of the oven, slice it up with this American-made Cutlery pie server and share it with your quarantine team! Yum!
Gerber has introduced a totally new design of engraved Gerber knives last year.
The Quadrant. What makes this knife stand out of the crowd?
- The unique shape of the handle (It’s a parallelogram)
- The new shape of the stainless steel blade (It matches the handle)
- The optional handle material of bamboo
Odds are, your mother probably already has everything she needs or wants. But this year, on #MothersDay, maybe you should try giving her something that she didn’t even know she needed.
The best logo knives that you can give your mother today not only has the obvious blade, but it has a nail file, scissors, screwdriver, toothpick, and tweezers. It even has a key ring to keep it easily accessible, and comes in all colors of the rainbow.
Have you ever been in a car emergency and need to break a window or cut a seatbelt? It’s a scary situation that we all hope to never face. But should you ever find yourself there, personalized pocket knives (particularly these rescue knives) will literally be a lifesaver.
Today is #NursesDay, and our nation’s hardworking medical staff deserve a reward for everything they’ve been doing for our communities. What better way to help them save others than with these personalized pocket knives.