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.
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.
Whether your business is open, or closed, or everyone is working remotely, this COVID-19 pandemic is making our lives interesting. I wish there was a quick cure for this virus. There will be a cure, but in the mean time, we just need to wash our hands, and keep our physical distance from other people.
Another issue is the psychological effect on your work force during this lock down. How do you make your employees happy, and help them through this?
Stay in contact with them. Let them know you are there for them, and you are affected as severely as they are.
Remind your employees that this situation is just temporary. When the daily new cases of infection becomes zero, we will all rejoice.
Give them a symbol of your gratitude. Give them company logo knives with your corporate logo and a catch phrase like “Thanks For Your Service–2020”
If you want to reward your staff for a perfect safety record, or a fantastic production record, you may want to give them Buck knives with your logo. Great idea! You already know that American-made Buck knives will display your company logo forever. Here are some tips on how to make this campaign go fast and easy….
Are you wishing to be able to reward all those EMT’s, doctors, nurses, policemen,
firemen who are risking their lives to keep us safe from COVID-19? You can help by giving them a gift that they will use and appreciate. Consider giving personalized pocket knives with your company logo, or with some phrase like “With Our Heartfelt Thanks”, “Thanks For Saving My Husband’s Life”, “Thanks For Your Hours of Dedication to Our Health”.
The brave people on the “front line” of this viral pandemic are risking their health to take care of us. Fighting an invisible enemy takes more than courage. It takes a faith in God, that He will help you do your job and protect you.
If your non-profit organization or company are looking for a way to show appreciation to these brave heroes, engraved pocket knives can help you to express your appreciation to:
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s)
Other medical care personnel
Grocery store clerks, who are also taking a health risk to feed us