Of course, you need a blade or two to start with. The rest of this is how the blades are protected and held in place when you are using the knife.
The liner is normally made of 2 layers of steel. One on each side of the blade. Then we add the metal bolsters.
All of these pieces are held together with metal pins, through the bolster, the liner layers, and the blade.
How about a spring, so the blade is held closed, and held open? That is usually held in place between the 2 layers of liner, by a pin in the middle of the knife.
To top off the appearance, scales (handles) are added. They can be made out of bone, wood, steel, or synthetic material.
The final product then is personalized with your name. This is usually done by laser engraving on the blade or the handle, or the bolster.
Some modern knives get their advanced look by having the liner do the job of the scales. Some have only a liner on one side, to save weight, and create a daring look.
Locking mechanisms are of two types. The liner lock holds the blade open by a spring action of sliding into the tang of the blade. The tang is the “root” of the blade. The other type of locking mechanism is the “lockback”. This is done by the spring locking against the blade tang. A lockback mechanism is easier to use. Some knives don’t have a locking mechanism. The blade tang just has a flat spot that rests on the spring to stay open when in use.
This is how the standard Personalized Pocket Knives are made. Knife designers are always looking for more unique ideas to attract knife lovers.
Gift Pocket Knives are usually laser engraved by professionals. There’s a good reason for this. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. There are several settings that a pro has to make, so the resulting engraved pocket knives are permanently and safely marked with your company logo.
The pro cleans the knife blade so there is no possibility of a contaminant interfering with the process.
The knife is placed in a special holder, so that the blade will be in the right position in the laser machine.
The door is closed, and the attached computer is adjusted to these settings: Intensity, speed of the engraving, PPI (or dots per inch), depth of the penetration, and number of passes.
If the settings aren’t right, the imprint might be too light, or melted together.
Sometimes a special chemical is sprayed on the blade, to make the imprint darker looking.
Different grades of steel require different settings. Some types of steel are not conducive to this type of marking, so it can’t be done.
It is obvious that this type of logo marking should be left to the professionals.
Have you ever broken the blade of your pocket knife? Was it because you used it as a pry bar? This sort of damage is never covered by a warranty. Now we have an answer to this type of accident. It is a large pocket knife (4 3/4″ closed), and comes with a pocket/belt clip.
These engraved Kershaw knives come with a built-in pry bar at the end of the handle. Now you don’t have to jeopardize your blade when you need to pry something apart. This heavy duty attachment will easily do the job for you.
The New Gerber Instant Knife 752 is designed to be light weight, but big and powerful. If you get your company logo on these engraved Gerber knives, you will be an Instant Success with your employees and customers. Gerber keeps up-to-date with the preferences of knife enthusiasts. This year, they want a tactical design, and the assisted-opening feature. Light-weight handles with cutouts are a big hit, also. The stainless steel blade is in the form of a modified tanto style and 3 1/4″ long. The knife is 4 1/2″ closed, which is a large pocket knife. To keep the weight low, Gerber makes the handle out of a composite material. Can you open this knife with one hand? You bet.
3. Kutmaster designs and makes some unique patterns in pocket knives. Rescue knives are popular with police, firemen, and emergency medical personnel. This knife is the answer to their need for a compact version of a rescue knife. The black blade goes with the black handle very well. Nice job, Kutmaster!
Pocket knives are very popular as gift items to employees and customers. How are personalized knives made? Rather, how is your logo put on a pocket knife blade or handle? It depends on the material of the handle and it depends on the blade. Here are the answers…
Laser engraving is very popular for stainless steel blades and handles. Also wood handles are able to be laser engraved. Smooth leather sheaths and smooth bone and synthetics, except Zytel, are also able to be laser engraved. This is a permanent imprinting method. It is done by experts who laser engrave all day, every day.
Screen printing is popular with companies that have a color logo, and they want to stick with that color or colors on everything that they have imprinted. This in considered a semi-permanent process. It will scratch off if you put your knife in your pocket with your car keys. One or two colors are possible.
Full color imprinting is a new process developed about 2012. It is like your desktop printer, but better. It is not limited to cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. It can also print white. It prints directly on the handle, etc.
Electro Etching is an electro-chemical process in which the imprint areas are eaten away by acid and electricity. It is a semi-permanent method of imprinting.
However, it is the method of choice by some knife imprinters.
Computerized engraving scratches the imprint mechanically into the metal surface. It is considered permanent.
Color fill of a laser engraving. If you want to add some color to your imprint, one color can be applied to the recessed areas of the laser engraved logo.
Personalization means that each knife is marked with a different person’s name. This is a great gift idea for members of a group. The names are usually laser engraved. If someone misplaces their knife, it is easy to identify.
Serialization. If you want to keep track of each knife in your order, each knife can be marked with a serial number. It would be laser engraved.
Buck Knives have been around since 1902. The style of knife that you think of when you hear the word Buck is the model 110 Folding Hunter shown here. Or maybe you would think of the non-folding hunting knife like the Buck® Kalinga, also shown here. Either way, you will be surprised at what Buck came up with recently. The tide of popularity in knives has been going toward the tactical-looking knives. So the leaders at Buck didn’t want to miss the boat on this. They came up with some new models recently in the tactical area.
The 2 latest Engraved Buck Knives that will surprise you are the Buck® Black “Bones” and the Buck® Silver “Bones” Pocket Knives. Both are definitely tactical-looking. The handles are a structural framework that reduces weight and provides a good grip. The tanto style blade is real popular with the pocket knife lovers of today.
There are thousands of styles of engravable knives, pocket knives, in the world. Each one has its own personality. Collectors are always looking for the newest, latest, most unique pocket knives at all the gun and knife shows across the USA. Factors they look for are the color, material of the blade, shape and material of the scales (handles), and the mechanics of opening and closing them.
The Kershaw Camo Scallion made the short list because of its printed camouflage design. It almost looks 3 dimensional, or glowing. The opening mechanism is Speedsafe assisted-opening system. It works very smoothly. Of course the blade is high quality 420hc stainless steel. Just so you don’t accidentally open the knife, it has a safety lock to keep it closed when not in use. Made in the USA.
Buck® has many styles of knives, and keeps up with the current tastes of its customers. The most popular style now is the tactical knives. The rich black color of the blade and handle make this a beauty. The openness of the handle makes the weight low. The tanto style blade shape and the serration are both good selling points. Great for an every day carry (EDC), but still a very beautiful pocket knife.
Boker is a fine American company that manufactures knives all over the world. The Boker Leopard Damascus II Knife wins this award on several points. The damascus blade, the blade shape, and the origin of the steel, are all winning points. The steel was forged out of the barrel of the German army tank Leopard I. This gives it the Rockwell hardness of 65-67. The handle has amazing features of its own. It is made of hardcoated 6061-T6 aluminum and it encloses Ziracote wood inserts. This heirloom comes with a certificate of authenticity.