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Custom wood engraving for a business logo, laser engraved onto wooden butter knives.

Read about how we provided custom wood engraving for a new customer. The phone rings with a new client asking whether we could help. Our client was asking “could we engrave onto wood.” Yes we can. “Could we engrave some text with a company logo and name?” In theory yes, we can. Tell us more about what you have and what you would like to engrave on them…

“We have 150 small wooden butter knives, and we want to put our logo and some words onto them. Is that possible?”

To do this we need a greater understanding of what we are being asked to do. It really helps to see the items and know how big they are. With this knowledge we can see if there is a place(s) that are possibilities to aim the laser at and get a good mark. Also, as there are many items how best to get as many as possible into the bed of the machine at one time to increase the efficiency of the laser action and reduce engraving time and cost to our customer.

Custom wood engraving for a local business.

Samples can be sent via courier to test to ensure this is possible to do. We can then send these back to you for inspection. We are based in Huapai, Auckland and we regularly ship laser engraved and laser cut items out to places like Whitianga, Eketahuna, Dunedin, Westport, Gisborne, and Wairoa to name a few.

custom wood engraving for butter knife rotated
wooden butter knife

As our client was local to us, she brought a sample to us to see. This is terrific. We could get a feel for the density of the wood which influences burn time setting for speed and power of our machine. The goal is usually to get a dark mark without burning too deep into the wood. For custom wood engraving this means slowing the machine down a lot to get that burn look. We could see they did not really have a flat surface anywhere. That adds a challenge. They were light weight which meant do not use too much power.

If we used too much laser power, we could easily cut right through these little knives.

Holding it in our hands we could turn and roll and examine the item and consider the brand mark and size to find just the right spot to mark. After some discussion about using these butter knives and how the blade would have the food items on them that was not the appropriate place to mark. The depth of the engraving could trap food particles and cleaning could be compromised. The handle became the focus.

The top however had very curved compound curves and would be difficult to get a consistent mark from top to bottom and side to side. However, under the handle was a gentle curve. If the knife could be held in just the right angle, then multiple knives could be engraved all at once. That is the sweet spot to lower per unit cost for our client. This area is quite small and after scaling the logo to the size required the details became so small a good, readable mark was not really going to be possible as a good representation of the brand. It was decided just to use text on this occasion.

A special jig to hold these knives on just the right angle and in a programmed place could then speed up processing this bulk order. The items were photographed and measured. This was then graphically mapped, and a positioning of the items could be precisely made. Holding the wooden item and turning it to make the chosen engraving spot level for the laser marking could then be measured. With these precise measurements a jig was laser cut. Scrap cardboard on this occasion was sufficient and at no cost. Plus, an elevated part with that measurement was improvised. This could then be used to laser engrave twenty-five units at one time.

laser engraving wooden knives

It had to be precise as these brand marks were only 6mm high and had to land on a shaft only 10mm wide.

Little room for error. Six batches later all went well and there are some beautiful little butter knives ready for our client to give to their clients. If you are looking for custom laser engraving anywhere in New Zealand, please give us lots of information about the items to be engraved. Photos are great as we can get an understanding of places to engrave and how to hold that while engraving. Sometimes we just cannot engrave on items due to their shape. Tell us what they are made of. Treated wood, chrome treated leather, vinyl and some plastics are not able to be laser engraved due to toxic gases being released during laser engraving.

Custom wood engraving can be done on wood, casted acrylic, glass, vegetable tanned leather, paper, cardboard, rubber (our rubber stamps we custom make), cork, cotton, and some other textiles and yes even some food items! Yes, CO2 laser engraving on metal is possible. If they have a painted surface. The laser engraving vaporises the paint off exposing the metal behind. This is great for vacuum flasks and vacuum cups.

Samples can be sent via courier to test to ensure this is possible to do. We can then send these back to you for inspection. The bulk items can again be shipped back and forth for your special branding project. While we are based in Huapai Auckland we regularly ship laser engraved and laser cut items out to places like Whitianga, Eketahuna, Dunedin, Westport, Gisborne, and Wairoa to name a few.

We are here to help with your questions about custom laser engraving.

A quote will be provided for our custom laser engraving service and courier delivery so that you know how much everything will cost up front. Contact us with your questions and stay up to date with our latest news and promotions on our FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogle and Instagram.

Customer Testimonials

They were so helpful, gave clear easy instruction which made ordering very quick & easy. All done with with such speedy service. Highly recommended. Thank you.

Jenny Adams

Thanks to Antoinette for her wonderful, helpful and friendly assistance, and the designers for quickly producing and editing proof’s as requested. Great service and pricing. Delivery was superfast! 10/10 – thanks team!

Jasmine Milton

Thank you Antionette and Trent for going above and beyond on a last-minute project for me. Great people and great work!

Simone Ward

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