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.
Make sure your logo and message are simple enough to show up on the Gerber blade and be easy to read. If your logo has a lot of details, it may have to be simplified in order to make an attractive job.
No doubt that everyone knows the value and reliability of Leatherman Tools. They are known the world over as the best multi tool ever made. There are many styles to choose from, and 2 sizes to choose from. So how do you decide which ones are for you? You can’t just make a list of functions that you need, because an emergency may arise, that requires a function that you didn’t think of. Here are my recommendations. A full size one (about 4″), and a mini one (about 2 1/4″). The 2 engraved Leatherman Tools with your company logo that you should have in your car, tool box, or boat.
The Leatherman Squirt, PS4. This mini multi-tool fits easily in your pocket, and will always be with you when you need it.
The Leatherman Wingman LM37, for a full-size tool for about any job you will come across.
Get one of each, and your life will be complete! Made in the USA.
Your company can thrive if and when you grow big enough to give out pocket knives with your corporate logo.
The first step is to develop a company logo that is simple and reflects the feeling of your company. The simpler the better. Some good examples are IBM, AT&T, and HP. These logos are very simple and easily recognizable. Some business owners try to put too much information, text, and graphics into a logo. At some point it looses its identity as a logo and becomes a picture.
After a successful company is proud of their logo, they usually like to give out promotional products that have their logo imprinted on them.
The best and largest companies give out company logo knives and other high-end business gifts. When you reach this point, you can be proud, because you are successful in creating a company that will carry your tradition of excellence into the future.
Without a doubt, the best-selling USA-made pocket knives are the Buck Folding Hunter 110, the Case Executive Lockback 7200, and the Kershaw Scallion Knife, Camo 1620. These are the best pocket knives to have laser engraved with your logo and give to your best clients. Your customers will absolutely love these 3 knives because they are American made, and because they are made by companies with a strong US tradition of quality.
Kershaw, a proud US knife company was founded in 1974. They are a real newcomer, but have established a remarkable reputation with their USA-made knives. They also have some of the models made overseas to their exacting specifications.
Buck Knives go way back to 1902. The inventor, Hoyt Buck, from Kansas, started out as an apprentice blacksmith. He got obsessed with finding a way to temper steel so that it could be made into a better knife blade. A blade that would hold a sharp edge longer than previous blades. He started making custom Buck knives in 1902 out of old file blades. In 1945 he and his wife moved to San Diego. There, his son Al Buck started a partnership with him to produce Buck knives. The company was called H. H. Buck and Son. After Hoyt died, Al decided to incorporate, and started Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. The most famous offspring of this important knife company was made in 1964–the Buck Folding Hunter model 110. We celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. This wood handled lockback knife is the pocket knife that is synonymous with the Buck company. If someone says Buck Knife, this is the knife they are referring to. It is often imitated by other knife companies.
Today, in 2016, the 3rd and 4th generation of the Buck family are involved in the successful business. CJ Buck is the president and CEO today (and since 1999), and is the grandson of Al Buck. He took over in 1999 from his dad, Chuck Buck, who later died in 2015.
The secret to the sharpness of a Buck knife lies in the heat treating process that Paul Bos developed in 1956. It is a process of heating then freezing, then re-heating of the steel. Paul retired in 2010 from Buck, but the process is still used. Bos received the Blade Magazine Industry Achievement Award in 2007 for his involvement in heat treating technology.