Sourcing engravable products?


#1

Hi friends — I’m asking for a little help from the hivemind. Over the past couple of years, I’ve bookmarked sources for all kinds of “primary” materials like woods, plastics, metals, etc.

Meanwhile, I have managed not to bookmark a single source of engravable product blanks, like knives, gift boxes, and the like. As much as I love making things from scratch on my GF, sometimes I just want to customize things that are beyond my abilities/patience to make.

I’ve spent the past hour googling for “engraving blanks”, “laserable gifts”, ad nauseum, but am only find sites with goods that have already been engraved/customized.

Obviously, I’m searching with the wrong terms — What in the heck should I be searching for?

Specifically, I want to engrave some (blank) wooden fly boxes as gifts for an upcoming event, but have not been able to find any (no, I’m not shelling out for the Orvis ones). I know they exist, as almost every listing on Etsy & Ebay seem to use the same blanks, but I’m coming up, well, blank.

Help?


#2

“wood craft boxes” on Amazon


#3

Anodized Aluminum, There are a lot of “blanks” out there, from dog tags, knives, to canteens.


#4

try use word “unfinished” on Amazon


#5

This used to be the Laserbits site:

http://www.johnsonplastics.com/engraving-blanks


#6

Try signwarehouse.com:

https://www.signwarehouse.com/c/wood-gifts-56474


#7

Lots of good stuff here. Also try trophy wholesalers.

Don’t hesitate to experiment as long as you know it is safe.
Some plastic I’ve tried works great others not so much.


#8

Palmsmack! That’s one of the ones I remember, but the name change threw me, plus “plastics.”


#9

This is a very popular industry supplier. If you live close, apparently they do will call at the warehouse and you can save on shipping.

http://php.jdsindustries.com/JDS_SITE/site1.php?D1ID=11&D1DESC=Gifts+%26amp%3B+Engravables&SITE=SITE1&MENU2=MENU2


#10

JDSindustries.com has some too.

^^^^^^ oh. Ha ha @kittski beat me to it…


#11

I was able to find blank coasters on Alibaba to engrave for weddings and such. Many different shapes and sizes.

Stuff here.
I’m assuming most of it is from China originally, the cost reflects that.
http://www.stampworldonline.com/category/blanks-for-laser-printer-companies/


#12

You may want to consider bookmarking and checking monthly publications from The Engraver’s Journal. They appear to a significant trade journal for the engraving industry, and put out a monthly magazine in digital form you can review.

http://www.engraversjournal.com/


#13

Here’s another trade mag for the awards and engraving industry. https://a-e-mag.com