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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.

(Think of this like a legal retainer, it does not mean I charge this fee per weapon)

Call  509-954-0763 for quote 

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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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!

 

Before I receive your project:

If you want a "Mirror" black finish -- IT MUST BE POLISHED AND READY TO GO!

My quotes are based upon, my engraving only.  There are people who specialize in metal finishes...

FYI, if you want me to inlay gold, because of the inlay process...

Matte (or sandblasted) finishes have to be done by me and may complicate the engraving.

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

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

Floor plates and Trigger guards, by Blackburn/Swift are awesome!

After market products made from quality metals.

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

I CANNOT ENGRAVE ALUMINUM BECAUSE IT IS TOO SOFT!

***I CAN NOW DO RUGER FLOOR PLATES....SEE NEWSLETTER FOR INFO***

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.

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

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HAND GUNS AND OTHER WEAPONS:

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

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 polish 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!

 

When it comes to shotguns:

There may be a lot of space to cover, so they can get costly in no time at all.  

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I am used to "old school" weapons, because I am an artist and not a gunsmith:

 Don't be alarmed when I do not know what weapon you are referring to:  

I am NOT knowledgeable in "Model #'s"

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

I do engrave Revolvers and "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!

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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.  

I only know if my customers are happy with my work; I rarely get to see completed projects these days!

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 charge "Per" letter or number

Gold is great, and it looks pretty cool...Not everyone likes it on weapons.  

There are other ways to make engraving stand out.. that is more reasonable in cost like:

French grey... I can help you determine what will get YOU the biggest BANG for your Buck!

I do 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.

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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!

We hunt with our beautiful guns.

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I love the precise 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 integrate this "TRI-FECTA" in my ART!

My animals have precise detail, deep relief in the background...So I am able to sculpt the animal.

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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.  

This was a project I completed with Heppler, Heilmann, and Mazure

Pretty awesome Tri-Fecta too!

 

*** 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 the reason 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...

IF PROPER RESTORATION IS NOT IN YOUR BUDGET... JUST MAKE IT A WALL HANGER!

Go to a trophy shop; pay a few dollars for a really nice plaque.

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

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Added Note:

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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