This Rolex engraving was done for a wonderful customer overseas who asked me to include various design ideas that have great personal meaning to them. The hand engraving took well over 100 hours and is done in deep relief style which is extremely time consuming in Rolex stainless steel. This project was a joy to […]
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Rolex Caseback Hand Engraved with Gold inlay This project was done for a really great customer who wanted to personalize his Rolex watch. A 24K Gold inlaid 3 letter monogram with a hand engraved border of oak leaves and acorns inlaid in gold. Below are some progress pics showing how the gold inlay is done. […]
When my son Josh is not working his hi-tech job as an encrypted communications expert…. he builds custom choppers. This year he was asked to participate in an international contest and compete for the Peoples Champ title. They selected 25 bike builders from several countries and after a number of months narrowed it down to […]
Samurai Rolex Engraving This project was commissioned by an overseas customer who requested a hand engraved Japanese/Samurai design. The Japanese characters represent the clients name and are very meaningful to him. Each part of the Japanese design are taken from ancient Japanese culture. Hand engraving the stainless steel Rolex case and band in deep relief […]
Watch Dial Engraving is becoming popular! Carefully hand engraving a watch dial is a time consuming task but it certainly makes it a one of a kind watch!
Engraved Watch Rolex Daytona – This hand engraved Rolex was a work of joy for me. Francois Pienaar, the captain of the 95 World Cup Championship Rugby Team from South Africa contacted me and commissioned me to engrave this watch for him. He asked me for a Chinese theme that included a dragon. Well over 120 […]
Hand Engraved Watch Dial is featured in this 26 jewel Swiss automatic movement custom watch I recently finished putting together. The rotor is also hand engraved (see pic below). This is an experimental project I have been wanting to do and so I slipped it in between customer projects. Hand engraving a watch dial has […]
An ocean loving customer who lives on the Gulf coast asked me to hand engrave his stainless steel Rolex watch band with an ocean motif. He mentioned that he loves to fish and enjoys a variety of fish, crabs and shells found in his area. He also asked to have his zodiac symbol for Cancer […]
Hand Engraved Cartier Watch Band A popular European jazz and pop singer from Switzerland asked me to hand engrave the band of his classic Cartier watch. I tried to keep the design simple but elegant and in harmony with this beautiful time piece. Hand engraving the quality, very hard solid stainless steel in this band […]
Rolex Hand Engraved This Rolex Datajust was designed and hand engraved by yours truly for a very nice gentleman in Southern California. He asked me to fully hand engrave this nice Rolex watch including all the links in the stainless steel band. I lovingly and carefully spent well over 100 hours on this project. There […]
Rolex Watch Back Engraving. Olympic Rings and a bit of scrollwork for an aspiring young skeet shooter from the Philippines. Sometimes a customer just wants something clean and simple hand engraved on the back of their Rolex watch case!
Hand Engraved Rolex Milgauss I was commissioned by Bamford Watch Department in London to engrave another Gothic theme design on this Custom Rolex Milguass and asked to include the number 13. All the engraving is done in deep relief fashion which is extremely time intensive but I think well worth it. I think this lucky […]
Hand Engraved Silver Pendant A thoughtful woman asked me to engrave a silver pendant she wears to remember her deceased father. She sent me pictures of designs from two special shirts he always wore and asked if I could somehow combine those designs with his initials. The silver pendant is hollow and rather thin so […]
Hand Engraved Custom Knives I had the pleasure of hand engraving three more beautiful Russ Kommer custom made knives. The stainless bolsters are each engraved in deep relief fashion which is very time intensive but worth it on fine knives like these.
Hand Engraved Smith & Wesson Revolvers My customer asked me to hand engrave his name on the top of two 9 mm S&W revolvers along with “just a little bit of fancy stuff!” I kept things pretty simple but I think that in this case less was more. Just one large scroll growing up from […]
This was a commission from Russ Kommer and Browning. I was asked to hand engrave this prototype set consisting of a Prototype Browning X-Bolt rifle and a custom made Russ Kommer hunting knife. The serial number on the rifle, 17KOMMER00 denotes a prototype project and was also engraved onto the matching custom knife. “Russ Kommer, […]
This Hand Engraved Rolex Watch was designed and carved at the request of Bamford Watch Department with offices in London and New York. I was asked to include some skull designs and to create a gothic look and feel to this Bamford Rolex Milgauss. I spent over 100 hours hand engraving this watch under a […]
Hand Engraved Rolex Watch I was commissioned to design and hand engrave this Custom Rolex Milgauss by Bamford Watches in London for a customer who asked for three of their favorite things to be included; hummingbirds, kingfishers and succulent plants. I was also asked to include a company logo into the design. Those four items […]
Hand Engraved Watch Case This stainless steel watch case was hand engraved for a very cool customer in Singapore. He liked my design style and asked me to come up with something to make his favorite wrist watch look special. The one piece bezel and case was tricky to hand engrave in a few areas […]
Deep Relief Hand Engraved Folder I was commissioned to hand engrave this Code 4 by the president of Cold Steel Knives. He asked for a nice design with the initials VE to be used as a gift. I got a little carried away on this one and decided to try a full coverage Celtic style […]
I recently had the honor and pleasure of completing this hand engraved Rolex Milgauss for Bamford Watch Department based in London with offices in New York and around the world. The business was started in 2003 by George Bamford and has been based around the personalisation of various iconic sports watches from some of the major brands […]
Hand Engraved Custom Knives. Renowned knife maker Russ Kommer sent me these three beauties and asked me to do some deep relief engraving on them. The really cool thing is that Russ gives me carte blanche when it comes to the design. First thing I always do is to just stare at the lovely work […]
A good customer commissioned me to create this hand engraved Sterling Silver Pendant for his wife as a gift for a very special day. The pictures below will give you an idea of the steps involved in a project like this such as; design transfer, outline cutting and background removal. Hand engraving is a slow […]
Ring Engraving A cool tattoo artist I know asked me if I could do some ring engraving and add the letter K to a very special sterling silver ring. The K stands for the lovely lady that he has fallen head over heels in love with and will be spending the rest of his life […]
Hand Engraveds Custom Knife for the Blade Show This lovely knife was custom made by legendary knife maker Russ Kommer for the Atlanta Blade Show. I hand engraved the 416 stainless steel bolster on both sides with a free flowing scroll design. The handle is mammoth tooth and the blade steel is rwl-34 with a […]
Knife Engraving – Mother of Pearl Russ Kommer Custom This custom knife engraving was done for a collector who asked me to come up with a design to accent the Mother of Pearl in the center of the stainless steel bolster. Typical scroll designs did not seem to work and so I came up with a […]
Kershaw Knives make nice Groomsmen Gifts A very thoughtful groom commissioned me to hand engrave a set of Kershaw pocket knives. He let me know about something that was special to each of them and I hand engraved that special something into each of their knives along with their name. These sharp little Kershaw folders […]
Hand Engraved Kimber 1911 A gun collector in Texas commissioned me to hand engrave his Kimber 1911 Eclipse Ultra II handgun. The slide is engraved in deep relief fashion with plenty of detail in the scroll work. The Kimber logo and lettering was left intact. I created and engraved the design so that it makes […]
This hand engraved Buck knife was completed for a knife collector in Texas. He sent me this cool knife after he had the custom scales put on and asked me to hand engrave his initials on one side and scroll designs on the other. The knife was so pretty to start with that I really […]
Hand engraved Apple watch and band This 42mm stainless steel hand engraved Apple watch was done for a customer in Virginia. His request for the design was to go with what I thought would look nice but to include an anchor and rope somewhere in the design. As shown in the pictures below I engraved […]
I had the pleasure of hand engraving 6 custom hunting knives made by world renowned knifemaker Russ Kommer for display at the 2016 Shot Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The stainless steel bolsters were all hand engraved with deep relief style engraving. Russ likes bold, deep engraving on his knives so that his customers are […]
Hand Engraved Sterling Silver Bracelet This hand made silver bracelet was created for a good customer in Alabama as a Christmas gift for his mother and he asked to have a special inscription engraved inside the bracelet. Last year he ordered a hand engraved knife for his sister who is a collector and I am […]
Sterling Silver Hand Engraved Bracelet This hand engraved silver bracelet was done for a really nice man who wanted something extra special for his wife’s 70th birthday. Of course her name is Penny! He liked the scroll-work he saw on another one of my bracelets but asked if I could add her name to the […]
Unique Wedding Gift I have hand engraved many knives for groomsman gifts but this is the first time a bride has commissioned me to engrave a wedding gift for her new husband! She picked out a quality Kershaw folding pocket knife. She asked to have his name, the wedding date, a special scripture on the […]
Hand Engraved Sterling Silver Trophy Cups I was commissioned by the owner of Clear Creek Golf Course in Lake Tahoe to hand engrave these three antique sterling silver trophy cups for his club champions. He purchased these fine antique trophy cups while on a trip to England. Clear Creek is a top of the line golf […]
Hand Engraved Kershaw Pocket Knives. A very thoughtful father in Texas asked if I would hand engrave two pocket knives he purchased for his sons. He asked to have his son’s initials engraved into each knife along with some scroll and floral design. I tried to work the large screw head into the design […]
Hand Engraved Vintage Bulova Watch I was commissioned to hand engrave this beautiful 1950’s solid gold Bulova watch by Daniel Gibbings, a fine luxury jeweler in Montecito, California.
Hand Engraved with Gold Inlay for SnapOn I worked together with renowned knifemaker Russ Kommer on this custom knife for the SnapOn Tool Company to be used as a presentation award at their national convention. I was asked to hand engrave the stainless steel bolsters and I chose to inlay the SnapOn Logo with 24K […]
Hand Engraved Bulova Watch On this rectangular shaped watch I decided to use a double running leaf design around the watch face. Each leaf is deeply hand engraved with great care and then shaded to add realism to the leaves. It is a simple but I think very elegant look for this nice Bulova […]
Hand Engraved Stainless Steel Watch This stainless steel hand engraved wrist watch features English Scroll work around the dial and the lugs. The customer’s initials are engraved next to the crown. This is deep relief engraving which results in a 3 dimensional look and feel.
Hand Engraved Watch – Stellar Corpse style! The skull in the design on this watch was patterned after the logo in my son’s rock band. This is a 316 Stainless Steel watch case with running leaf design hand engraved around the top and then deep relief scroll work on each side of the skull. […]
Hand Engraved Stainless Steel Watch. This hand engraved watch features a running leaf design around the dial and some deep relief english scroll engraving on the sides. Although this is not an expensive watch, the hand engraving certainly gives it a unique and elegant look.
A few Russ Kommer Knives I hand engraved for the 2015 Atlanta Blade Show Russ makes high quality custom knives and I was honored to have been commissioned to engrave these beauties for the largest knife show in the country. Russ told me they were well received and they all sold quickly!
Hand Engraved Wedding Band Set – 14K White Gold with Diamonds I hand engraved this matching set of rings from 14K solid white gold comfort fit bands. Each ring features 3 flush set 2.5 mm quality grade VS diamonds. The continuous running leaf design symbolizes unending love. This elegant matching wedding band set will bring […]
Hand Engraved Buck Folders for Graduation Gifts Two best friends who graduated high school together were each given a hand engraved Buck 110 folder for graduation gifts. These boys like to go camping and fishing and their thoughtful parents asked me to engrave a couple of memorable knives for them. These are the 50th […]
Hand Engraved Ruby Ring This is a Sterling Silver size 10 comfort fit ring which was hand engraved with a running leaf design. 3 Rubies were flush set into the ring. This type of hand engraved design has been very popular.
Hand Engraved Kershaw Knife I was commissioned to hand engrave this Kershaw folding knife by a thoughtful woman as an anniversary gift for her husband. She asked if I could incorporate the famous Greek quote “Molon labe” which means “come and take them”. She sent me a picture of the Greek quote carved in stone […]
Hand Engraved Natchez Bowie VG-1 San Mai III ® This is a quality made knife! I was commissioned to hand engrave this knife by Lynn Thompson, the president of Cold Steel. I used an old school double running leaf engraving pattern and flush set sapphires into the design. I set some 2.5mm sapphires into the […]
Hand Engraved Cold Steel Natchez Bowie This beautifully made, almost 12 inch Bowie, is a real eye catcher. I was commissioned to hand engrave this knife by Lynn Thompson, the president of Cold Steel. I chose to use a double running leaf engraving pattern and flush set rubies into the design. The size of this […]