There seems to be some lingering effects from the Covid-19 lockdown of year
2020. In that year, production levels of many products decreased. This was caused by the reduction in the workforce due to “social distancing”. Other effects were a reduction in the availability of raw materials. Shipping materials and finished products from China suffered as well.
Currently, the production time for engraved Gerber knives is 15 or more business days. Normally the production time used to be 10 business days. This additional 5 days may not be too important in the month of July. But, when the Christmas rush begins in October, those additional 5 days could affect the Christmas deadline. Imagine having a company Christmas party, and the gift knives haven’t arrived yet. My advice is to plan ahead, so you don’t get caught with this sort of inventory problem.
If you are a business owner, you are always looking for ways to increase your income. You know that promotional products are useful, long-lasting, and appreciated. You can’t say that about a newspaper ad.
Can you smell it? That is the smell of summer! In just a few weeks we’ll be celebrating the summer solstice. But in the meantime, today is Go Fishing Day– your chance to get outdoors and enjoy a view of the water.
For a lot of people, fishing and boating is a calm, leisurely activity. But others take it quite seriously. For those seasoned fishermen and boaters, we have just the thing for you- logo knives that will take care of your chores this summer, whether it’s filleting a fish or rigging ropes on your boat.
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.
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.