Christmas is only 4 weeks away, and most companies like to give a gift with their logo on it. Do you know why custom engraved knives make the best gifts?
They are appreciated by all your employees and customers.
Knives are useful.
Gift knives are long-lasting. With proper care and sharpening, many can last a lifetime.
They come in many sizes, and are useful in hunting, opening boxes, cutting rope,and doing your manicure (if they have a nail file included).
Engraved knives with your corporate logo show that you care enough to give the best gift.
Pocket knives are used as business gifts by manufacturers, building contractors, seed companies, oil and gas drilling companies, printers, electrical contractors, hvac installers, plumbers, painters, carpenters, forestry departments, and many others.
Kershaw Knives started in 1974. They planned to design and manufacture quality pocket knives. Their focus was “every day carry” or EDC knives. Knives that you would actually use, and keep in your pocket for emergencies. Not knives that would stay on a shelf, or in a drawer. They instituted the Limited Lifetime Warranty. Their knives are guaranteed against defects in material and workmanship for the life of the original owner.
Their use of advanced material and superb design has earned awards for Kershaw. Recently they have developed a 2-steel technology which puts 2 kinds of steel into the blade. One for the edge, and one for the spine for strength.
Kershaw is owned by Kai USA Ltd, part of the Kai Group of Japan. Kai has been a quality maker of blades in Japan for over 100 years. They concentrate on research & development, marketing, manufacturing, and distribution. Kershaw’s USA plant is located in Tualatin, Oregon (next to Portland), but it is not open for tours. Some of the knives are made there, and some are made in China and Japan.
Engraved Kershaw Knives are pocket knives with your own corporate logo laser engraved of the blade or handle. They are a great corporate gift idea for Christmas or any time.
Many business owners like to give quality gifts to their clients and employees. It is a great way to show their appreciation. Often the best idea for long-lasting gifts is personalized knives. How do you make this idea a reality? Here are some points:
Start with good artwork. If you don’t have any, then just use the name of your company.
Find a quality knife company on the internet. Using the words “company logo knives” will get you the most relevant knife engravers that can help you out.
Order USA-made knives, if they fit into your budget. If not, many Chinese pocket knives are available in high quality. Dako is one of them.
Ask for a virtual proof before your order is put into production. It is better to find a mistake on your computer screen than on 100 Buck knives.
Ask about the warranty. Many knife manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, or a 25 year warranty.
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.
Let’s say that your boss would like you to order some Gerber Knives for him. He wants to have the company logo printed on them, and he wants to use them as safety awards for the guys in the shop. Here are some questions he needs to have answered, and you are in charge of finding the answers:
Are Gerber Pocket Knives popular with the work force? ANSWER: Yes. Everyone has heard of the Gerber brand of quality company logo knives.
Is Gerber an old USA knife-making company? ANSWER: Yes. Gerber has been making knives since 1939. They are based in Oregon. They make some of the knives there, and import some also.
How soon can he have the engraved Gerber knives? ANSWER: Production time starts when you approve a proof. Production takes 10 business days. If you need them sooner, just let us know your deadline, and we will let you know if we can meet it.
Will the engraving last forever? ANSWER: Yes. Laser engraving will last forever.
Will the knives last forever? ANSWER: Yes. Gerber gives you a FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY (North America Only). Warranty limited to 25 years outside of North America
What kind of art file do you need? ANSWER: Vector art is the best. Examples are eps and ai files. We can use other files, but will need to modify them to give your logo the neatest and clearest look on your knives. There is a small charge for that, depending on the complexity of your logo.
Can we see a virtual proof before we order? ANSWER: Yes. It will just take a day or 2.