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Posted: 3/28/2009 8:25:37 AM EDT
My wife is starting culinary arts school in a month or so and I need to etch her initials on her knives ... What's the best way to do this?

I could use a Dremel but I don't want the mark to be too deep and thus harbor bacteria...

Thanks in advance!

jim
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 8:27:26 AM EDT
What are the handles made out of? Imprint a bolt face logo on them.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 8:28:23 AM EDT
I use purple rubber bands wrapped around the butt end of the knife. They are removable and do not deface the knife.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 8:39:14 AM EDT
Notches along the spine of the blade, perhaps? That way there's no mark on the sides and the bacteria issue is lessened.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 8:46:35 AM EDT
Shank the first person who touches them without permission, The rest will leave them be!
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 9:02:08 AM EDT
Stencil and Duracoat
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 9:05:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 9:10:54 AM EDT by fishngrits]
Go to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap electric engraving tool. This is what we use at work to initial our knives. Works great. Good luck to the wife, I hope she knows what she's getting in to. Being a chef is very hard work, but it's also very rewarding, if you have a passion for it. If she needs any advice, I'd be happy to offer what I can.

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Link Posted: 3/28/2009 9:06:14 AM EDT
laser etching
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:16:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:27:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:30:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By edb66:
Shank the first person who touches them without permission, The rest will leave them be!


actually the first time some Moron touches her knives, a quick, small cut or nick across the back of the hand or arm tends to make everyone in the room know

Dont touch my knives, dont touch my Johnson, period, ever, or I will make you bleed,,Rules number 1 and 2 right there.
works every time

CHEF

beyond that, I used to put 3 notchs on the tail of the handle on the right outside, simple notches,,marked them as mine..

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:01:45 PM EDT
Thanks for the ideas guys!

I am going to take a look at the engraving tools at Harbor Freight.

She's already great at home cooking but she's going to school to learn all the things that make a great dish. We don't know yet where we'll go with it, but we're feeling entrepreneurial and are considering opening our own place of some sort.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:08:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 12:24:48 PM EDT by gaspain]
dont engrave, that is ugly and traps food particles (bacteria).

Do it with some class and get an $75 etch-o-matic. Its what knife makers use to mark new blades.

http://www.etch-o-matic.biz/

and in case she doesnt have one yet, get a knife roll


and of course...knife porn:
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/default.asp


and she'll need a nice jacket, Chef Revival makes the best http://www.chefrevival.com/


Link Posted: 3/28/2009 12:22:58 PM EDT
Acid etch them Better yet, masking tape 'em off and very carefully cut out a BFL and get it sandblasted!
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:08:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 1:10:54 PM EDT by fishngrits]

Originally Posted By gaspain:
don't engrave, that is ugly and traps food particles (bacteria).
It's not ugly. You're not doing it in 3" block letters down the middle of the blades. You're only putting your initials. Mine are maybe 1/8" high on my blades, near the handles. It just takes a steady hand.

As for the bacteria, that's a complete non-issue. The engraving is not that deep. A simple wash with water, or a dunk in sanitizer, takes care of it just fine. They'll teach sanitation, and probably have her take a ServSafe course, or something similar. Nothing in those classes about bacteria becoming trapped in knife engravings.

On knives and uniforms: Most schools provide uniforms and knives, and require you to use what they give you. You usually buy your own after you graduate.

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:47:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gaspain:
dont engrave, that is ugly and traps food particles (bacteria).

Do it with some class and get an $75 etch-o-matic. Its what knife makers use to mark new blades.

http://www.etch-o-matic.biz/

and in case she doesnt have one yet, get a knife roll
http://www.ludwigschiffcutlery.com/images/7PieceSS.jpg

and of course...knife porn:
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/default.asp
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/images/Img499.jpg

and she'll need a nice jacket, Chef Revival makes the best http://www.chefrevival.com/
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51r9d6p29WL._SS500_.jpg



Where did you get that beautiful Damascus knife if you don't mind me asking?
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:48:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RI0T:
Originally Posted By gaspain:
dont engrave, that is ugly and traps food particles (bacteria).

Do it with some class and get an $75 etch-o-matic. Its what knife makers use to mark new blades.

http://www.etch-o-matic.biz/

and in case she doesnt have one yet, get a knife roll
http://www.ludwigschiffcutlery.com/images/7PieceSS.jpg

and of course...knife porn:
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/default.asp
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/images/Img499.jpg

and she'll need a nice jacket, Chef Revival makes the best http://www.chefrevival.com/
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51r9d6p29WL._SS500_.jpg



Where did you get that beautiful Damascus knife if you don't mind me asking?




Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:52:58 PM EDT
Duh,

I'm going out on a limb and guessing.....www.japanesechefsknife.com

Sometimes the answers are right in front of your face.




Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:58:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:
laser etching

Yup.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 7:04:24 PM EDT
Hi Thanks again for the responses... My wife's in the ServSafe class now and her first cooking class is coming up in the Summer. She's got all her knives (the roll too) and uniforms already though, and she just needed me to mark her blades for her.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 7:24:04 PM EDT
I mark my custom knives with a Jewlers Pantograph. Works well and the mark can be scaled up or down depending upon the size of the knife. You may have a local jeweler with an old school pantograph that will do it for a reasonable price.
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