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(PLEASE KEEP IN MIND I WRITE FOR CONTENT/CONTEXT AND NOT GRAMMAR!)

Strange capitalization and color are for Effect not Affect!

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I have been engraving since the early 1990's and I am officially the last "Biesen" in the custom gun business.  

I offer a full range of custom firearms engraving including gold inlay work.

PLEASE READ THIS PAGE FULLY BEFORE CALLING FOR A QUOTE:

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I have a $1,000.00 minimum order fee.

Call  509-954-0763 for quote 

Because engraving subjects, styles and coverage can very enormously, price quotes will be provided on a case by case basis. Please note that some gun metals are harder and more time is involved to engrave them.

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ENGRAVING BITS OF INFO:

There is a chain of command for getting custom work done on a weapon (just like the military)...

I can be verbally part of the process from the start...

You also need to let your gunsmith (or who ever is working on your project) know that you want me to engrave it.

I prefer to work with you directly; my prices with you will be confidential, just like my customer list is!

A word to the wise, many in my field do not want you to talk to "their" engraver's directly:

This is similar to when you work with a Contractor for a Custom Home.

 If you know that they are paying their "Subs" 20 cents on the dollar.  

You might just want to be your own Contractor!

;)

Now with that being said:

Before I receive your project:

IT MUST BE POLISHED AND READY TO GO!

I get paid too much to spend my time polishing your weapon, this does not mean that if it is a service weapon that I won't clean it up a bit....But if you want a perfect finish, someone else needs to do that first.

Funny thing is I am allergic to the tiny particles that become airborne when a piece of metal is polished on a wheel or other mechanically driven apparatus!

Therefore, I only hand polish...This is actually part of the engraving process and no problem for me to do!

Two people touch your weapon after I am done with it.

The person that puts the "Finish" on the Metal and the person that re-assembles your weapon!

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Now I will hint below that if you are just wanting engraving done on an existing weapon; there are some things to take into consideration....

SO....Chain of command only plays a part when there are more than just Me and You involved

:)

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I prefer to work on Pre-64 Model 70's but any "old" school Mauser, etc would work.

I don't work on Ruger's because of Metal issues.  Sorry!

BOTH ACTIONS/RECEIVER'S AND BOLT'S ARE HARDENED AFTER THEY ARE PUT OUT ON THE MARKET.  I PREFER TO WORK ON FLOOR PLATES AND BOTTOM METAL.

I CANNOT ENGRAVE ALUMINUM BECAUSE IT IS TOO SOFT!

SO, ITEMS TO BE ENGRAVED NEED TO BE MADE OF STEEL...

The Quality of the steel makes a difference too:  

I will be able to tell if there is a "Problem" with your steel if I feel inconsistencies as I cut.  Unfortunately, I may find out "the hard way".  Meaning: it could be after YOU and I, have already invested a lot of time in the project.  

As I said in another section of this website:

(BUT THEN AGAIN, WE ARE THE EXPERTS)

Please trust us, not the opinions of others…We do know what we are doing!

When you don't know the PROVENANCE of a weapon; and it was passed around "Gun Shows"

BUYER BEWARE!   

FYI Real Collectors don't sell the "HIGH QUALITY GUNS" at gunshows.  

If they could prove PROVENANCE or anything else, the weapon would go to someone like:

JAMES JULIA AUCTIONEERS!

:)

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HAND GUNS AND OTHER WEAPONS:

FYI>>>I CAN NOT ENGRAVE ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN PRE-HARDENED

I know I said this twice but some people don't read fine print!

This means, if it is a Sword/Knife/Glock, or something that is so old like a (100+ year old) Parker Shot gun:

IT MAY BE TOO HARD FOR ME TO CUT!

If it is an old shotgun; the case coloring (HARDENING) may be visually worn off, but sometimes someone will polished the color off...

THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY TOOK THE HARDNESS OUT OF IT!

How can you tell: If at disassembly you see color on the inside...

OR if: I notice that the bottom of the floorplate/grip cap etc.  

It is all pretty colored:

I know this sounds pretty abusive, but COMMON SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON ANY MORE!

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR GUNSMITH / METALSMITH SAW OR POLISHED AWAY:

  HOPEFULLY HE or SHE IS WISE ENOUGH TO INFORM ME!:

I rarely work on Handguns of any type or current weapons!

Both because -- like most "Gamer's" these guns are just numbers or ..."GREEK" to me! 

I'm an Artist like the rest of my family not a "Gun Enthusiast" .

We prefer "Parker" shot guns....

You even mention L.C. Smith to my dad -- his heart rate and stress level climbs.  

And of course, we love what Jack Loved:  A great Pre-war action!

BUT I LOVE A FLOOR PLATE BIG ENOUGH TO IMPRESS YOU WITH MY SKILLS!!!

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However, if you are in the Law Enforcement Field or a Veteran...  

I do engrave "1911" slides:

But hardness varies tremendously, If it is stainless steel; then you do not need to find anyone to "Coat" it with bluing or other things after I have finished.

Please let me know what finish you plan on using, it may influence the type of engraving we choose together!

PLUS IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED WHEN I RECEIVE IT!

I know this sounds pretty abusive: but if you don't know how to break down and clean your gun like in the Military, maybe you should just buy BEE SPRAY!...See Bottom of this Page...

 

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

  ***Now that everyone I am used to working with, is no longer working (Dad and Grandpa)***

I do not have people I can recommend to do various projects for you.  

It's not that I don't want to help out, but WE ARE KNOWN FOR A CERTAIN STANDARD.  

Everyone I know who is at that same level is either Retired, Dead or not taking commissions.  

The only one I can recommend specializes in only 1911's:

His name is MARK MORRIS and he is a rock star in my eyes!

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GOLD INLAY WORK:

 

It is expensive for a reason, I do not use acid to inlay gold.  Other's do; and if you need fancy script done in gold feel free to shop around.  I think life is too short to inlay gold letters, so I rarely do it and if I do...

It's going to cost a small fortune!

However, I rock at Gold Line work, you can tell if your engraver has skills by how straight the gold lines are!

***Gold inlay only stands out if the weapon is going to be finished by:***

Caustic or Rust bluing or Color Case Hardening

Don't go cheap when you are shopping for someone to "Color Case Harden" your weapon:

The heat can warp the metal parts and can keep your weapon from functioning properly...

Plus if there is a coating or previous hardness issues; that I did not know about or notice while engraving...you will not get the beautiful finish you expect.

A HARDENED WEAPON WILL DECADES LONGER THAN OTHERS...

A COLORED ONE WILL SCRATCH AND DISTORT IN NO TIME!

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SCROLL WORK:

 

Price varies on many things: size of scroll, if there is any relief work (removal of background metal), and the amount of coverage.  I can match most engraving styles if given examples or photos.  The more elaborate the scroll, then the more time to complete, therefore increase cost amount.

IF I AM MATCHING SOMEONE ELSE'S ENGRAVING STYLE THEN I CAN NOT PRE-QUOTE A PRICE.  WE CAN SET A PRICE POINT THAT YOU WANT.  I CAN THEN, CONTACT YOU WITH PICTURES WHEN I GET TO THAT PRICE POINT... BUT I CANNOT GUARANTEE COMPLETED PRICES!

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THE ART OF RECREATING ANIMALS:

 

I am known for some of the most realistic animal portraits in the business.

Pictures:  Do not showcase my work the way that it is.  A photo is a 1 to 2 degree representation of a 3 dimensional object.  I work completely under a microscope, so like anyone else my age or just getting older:

 A engraver's work is only as good as his/her sight.  I try to make mine perfect under the microscope, I also want it to stand out...If you have ever ordered work from an "Italian" bulino style shop and were sorely disappointed that what you received does not look like the photo's in the books.  You understand my point completely.  

One simple scratch in the field will ruin a museum style weapon!

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Although the "Biesen" name seems German, someone in the family said Grandpa was from Belgium when they did his Geneology...Funny story on Grandma Biesen's Geneology too.

I THANK MY GRANDMA G.BIESEN:

Because if she had not been brought back to life after the birth of her last child....

Who knows what would have happened to the BIESEN family!  

But, for Me I think that my Gene's are more Italian/Viking.  Because I am HUGE in Stature and Attitude.  With some Dry "English" humor and some Snappy remarks like my Late father-in-law.

SO...I am Polish (Czech) By Proxy and Choice for SURE!  

:):):):):):):):)

So...What did that Ramble mean, well...

I love the detail of the Italian Bulino engravers.

I love the deep relief of the German engravers.

I love History so, I have always preferred the work of Great Sculptors from the Renaissance:

So I encorporated this "TRI-FECTA" in my ART!

So you could also say I am a STRONG Catholic woman that appreciates "Hermes Trismegistus" TOO!

And loves her family, even the ones she chose to adopt!!!

:)

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ANIMALS can be done in either portrait style or full body.  

Grip caps look best with head/neck of animal (Portrait style).  Floor plates can accommodate portrait style or full body animals.

This is a perfect example of what I consider custom engraving. After a little instruction on the best angle for the picture, the customer sent me this excellent photo of his trophy sheep. The photo below shows the end result on his rifle. 

 

ABOVE is a pre-blued finished product.  

HEPPLER/MAZUR/MALICKI

Pretty awesome Tri-Fecta too!

 

Final price quotes are only confirmed on receipt of 50% of purchase price and materials to be engraved.

(to establish actual coverage amount and hardness of metal or other variables)

The remaining 50% is due upon delivery.  

:)

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*** ADDED BIT OF INFO or a word FROM THE WISE ***

If you own a family heirloom weapon and it breaks due to wear and tear...

Don't expect a gunsmith to repair it for pennies on the dollar:  

This maybe why there are no people going into this field of work or...

at least WHY they can't make a living at it.  

 

It's like the Trucking Industry:  YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:

AND IF YOU WANT IT DONE RIGHT, HIRE THE BEST but...

DON'T BITCH IF IT COSTS YOU AN ARM AND A LEG!

An Expert is an Expert...

IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE RESTORATION, JUST MAKE IT A WALL HANGER!

Go to a Trophy shop; pay a few buck for a really nice plaque

And use it like a baseball bat, if you need something to protect your home with:

(OR BEE SPRAY, THAT SHIT WORKS GREAT TOO!)

It may look like a fluffy bunny, but sometimes it is wise to RUN AWAY!

YOU CAN BE AN ARTIST AND A WEAPON'S EXPERT TOO!

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER KIDS!

You don't want to find out the hard way!!!

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Added Note: I am actually well educated but KEEP in mind the school of "Hard" knocks counts too!

I DO NOT ENGRAVE "PRIVATE PARTS"  plenty of male engravers will do Godesses for you.

PLUS I GET VERY OFFENDED IF YOU WANT ME TO ENGRAVE SYMBOLS I HAVE ISSUES WITH

(JUST MY FYI'S)

 

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