Posted by Viljo Marrandi on December 10, 2009
This knife has been in the making for quite some time now. Actually, it’s been waiting queue for engraving most of that time. The knife itself was finished about a month ago, but different and more urgent projects had to be completed before I could engrave it.
The blade is made of damasteel, which is kind of stainless damascus made in Sweden. This knife was the first one where I’ve used that steel and I really-really like how it came out. The pattern on the steel is very fine and extremely beautiful. Now I want to make all knives from that steel, just need to find customers who can afford it . Any takers?
Engraving itself took 10 hours, design was about 3-4h.
Engraved damasteel knife
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on December 10, 2008
Little while ago we finished our last order. Brass bolsters, blade steel is D2. First time we used stabilized wood for handle and it came out really nice.
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on August 22, 2008
Here’s your chance to help me.
This autumn I want to do a small advertising campaign to promote my hand engraving and custom knife business. Currently I have 3 things in the list I want to make for this campaign:
- iPod nano with engraved back (maybe even a pair – black & pink, for him and for her)
- Silver Zippo with full hand engraving
- Engraved custom knife
Campaign purpose is to promote hand engraving and custom knives, at the same time drive traffic to my blog and website, generate links and get up in Google ranks. I want to make it a campaign in disguise – there will be a competition and winners will get these prizes.
Now here’s what I need. Ideas for which competition(s) to make. That competition should also be something that’s useful. Be it something to do with marketing (best ideas what and where to market), products (what cool things to engrave, like iPods) or whatever.
How to make this campaign more… um, viral? I want it to spread. I will probably do a photo session (hire a model and the whole shebang) and a short video for it. More ideas are very welcome, also about photo and video!
People who will comment this post and have good ideas will get a small something from me. Can’t say right now what it is, as it’s creation is in very early phases. But it’s coming. Two sides with about 15mm diameter.
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Website: Custom knives and hand engraving
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on July 15, 2008
We haven’t been slacking for the past month. Oh no, far from that! Besides ordering a heat treatment oven, which should arrive in few weeks, we also made 3 new knives out of which 2 are already engraved and 1 sold. Plus little doodling with engraving.
Anyways, here are the 3 knives.
A little closeup of engraving:
Handles on that knife were made of cocobolo. I really-really like its pattern. Now one of my favourite woods.
Here are 2 others. The dark wood you see on one knife is wenge and the reddish one is mahogany.
Posted by Viljo Marrandi on February 19, 2008
Quietly, peacefully, without much noise Internet gained yet another new website. Its name is Knives and Engraving and it is about… Knives and Engraving! Who would’ve guessed, right? Actually the full name is “Custom knives and hand engraving” – main reason is to make search engines happy-happy.
This is a website for our small business. Currently there’s not much more to see than was in http://www.marrandi.ee, but I have some nice plans with it and it needs much-much TLC in the future. Actually the new website is English cousin for Marrandi Metallehis.
AND. Last week I got myself a brand new toy. Canon HV20 HD videocamera. First quickie video is up in video section of our webiste – check it out Workshop Tour.
If any of you, my dear readers, have ideas of what you’d like to see videos about, then let me know. Currently I have 2 ideas I’d like to make video about. First is a short overview of how one knife is made (maybe even with damascus blade, who knows) and second is about engraving. Something like my post Engraving process, but in video.