I found the best rescue pocket knives on display in Cleveland Ohio last week. Gordon Blake, of Big River Marketing is showing us the Heavy Duty Rescue Knife (with yellow bolster). In his other hand is the “Ball Bearing Assisted Opening Professional Grade Rescue Knife”. It opens with a breeze, using only one hand. Both knives are made by Utica Cutlery Company (the Kutmaster line).
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Pocket knives have a special mystique about them. When I go to a flea market, there are always people looking at, and buying pocket knives. They come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are custom engraved knives with a company logo. Why are they so popular? Here’s what I have figured out:
They are constructed of steel, which is a valued commodity.
They help you do a big job, with very little effort.
The intricate mechanical nature of folding knives makes them interesting.
Your boss just asked you to order some custom engraved knives for his company. He wants to hand them out at the next shop meeting. They will be rewards for being safe employees for the last 6 months. Only those employees that did not get hurt during that time period will be rewarded with the safety award of a $50 knife with the corporate logo. On the back of the blade it will say “Accident Free Award–2016”.
Do you want to score some points with your boss? When you look for a promotional knife company using Google, here are the top 7 questions your boss will want answered as you do your search:
Are the knives USA-made? Buying USA made knives supports our national economy, and gives you the best quality knives.
Is there a warranty on the knives? The best knife manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty against defects and workmanship.
Are the custom engraved knives imprinted using a method that will permanently stay on the blade (or handle)? Laser engraving is permanent. Etching is semi-permanent.
What if the imprint is not done correctly? How will the knife company rectify the problem. Will they re-do the order. The best knife distributors will happily repeat the order correctly.
Can the engraver meet our deadline? The most reputable knife engravers can do a rush order in 2 or 3 days.
How much does the setup cost. Is it free setup? Some distributors do offer free setup, and still remain competitive in this market.
Can we see a virtual proof before production begins? An in-house art department is a good thing to have.
Your company logo will look good on a fruit knife. Your customers need fruit knives to carve or inspect fruit and vegetables. These knives are necessary for people who work in fruit and vegetable warehouses. They need to cut into some fruits to see the color and texture. The average person can use one to make interesting carvings for the family.
There are 4 major pocket knife brands that make the best Christmas presents, with your company logo engraved on the handle or blade.
Buck knives are as American as apple pie. Personalized with your corporate logo, they carry your good will to the recipient. Everyone has heard of the name Buck.
Case knives also have a universal brand recognition. They are noted for being USA-made. People collect them world-wide. W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery has been making knives since 1889.
Kershaw is a major American knife company with very high standards. It’s
knives have ushered in new and unique designs that are being copied by other manufacturers.
Kutmaster/Utica is also an American pocket knife company that produces some union-made knives, too. The quality is on par with Buck, and sells for a lower price because of brand recognition. They have a fine line of custom engraved knives.
Dako knives are imported from China, but offer much value for a low cost. Its personalized knives provide much value when you want to show your logo on a keepsake knife or multi-tool.
When you order Custom Engraved Knives for your business, to give to your best employees or customers for Christmas, here are some tips. These tips will help ensure that you will be happy with your purchase.
You get what you pay for! You already knew that. Get a name brand, like Buck Knives, Boker, Kershaw, Gerber, Case, Kutmaster, or Leatherman.
Pick the best type of imprint. Laser engraving is the most permanent. It will never scratch off. Acid etching doesn’t go very deep, so it can wear off in time. So can color imprints, which are “painted” on. The best epoxy paints are used, and sometimes covered with a protective clear coat, but still, the imprint can be scratched off by your adjacent car keys in your pocket.
Choose a company that has the best service. Sometimes you can judge by the
quality of their web page. A neat, clean looking website that answers all your questions is good. It shows that the company is successful and cares about its customers.
Buy a quantity that is sufficient for your needs. If you need 1 or 2 more custom engraved knives later, after you received your order, you will pay more, or be subject to a “less than minimum” charge.