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Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
01-26-2013, 01:54 AM
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Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
This is kind of a stupid question but I will ask anyways. I was thinking of getting a custom made stamp of my company logo and branding my holsters by heating it up with a torch. Anyone ever try this? Reason I ask is because I thought it may just leave a shiny spot around the brand.

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01-26-2013, 04:12 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 01:54 AM)crazyNCman Wrote:  This is kind of a stupid question but I will ask anyways. I was thinking of getting a custom made stamp of my company logo and branding my holsters by heating it up with a torch. Anyone ever try this? Reason I ask is because I thought it may just leave a shiny spot around the brand.

As long as you have a good brand, it should work fine. Takes a little practice.


Where'd you have the brand made?

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01-26-2013, 05:39 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
Interested. Would like to look into this myself.
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01-26-2013, 06:39 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 05:39 AM)N8Gallop Wrote:  Interested. Would like to look into this myself.

you don`t need to heat the brand ...i experimented with the steel stumps from harbor freight and you can make your mark easy using a light hammering action or using the arbor press i will be ordering a tang stump within the next few months for it...
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01-26-2013, 06:54 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 06:39 AM)linos Wrote:  
(01-26-2013 05:39 AM)N8Gallop Wrote:  Interested. Would like to look into this myself.

you don`t need to heat the brand ...i experimented with the steel stumps from harbor freight and you can make your mark easy using a light hammering action or using the arbor press i will be ordering a tang stump within the next few months for it...

Good to know. Been looking around the house for some sort of steel stamp but have nothing. I found a place online that makes steel stamps of your company logo starting at $160.

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01-26-2013, 09:29 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 06:39 AM)linos Wrote:  
(01-26-2013 05:39 AM)N8Gallop Wrote:  Interested. Would like to look into this myself.

you don`t need to heat the brand ...i experimented with the steel stumps from harbor freight and you can make your mark easy using a light hammering action or using the arbor press i will be ordering a tang stump within the next few months for it...


Keep in mind, if you do that BEFORE heat forming, the stamping will come out of the kydex when its heated.

It is a little difficult to stamp after forming, but not impossible. Easier to do with smaller stamps.

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01-26-2013, 10:01 AM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
I'm now interested in experimenting with Delrin stamps on Kydex. From the MSDS sheets, Delrin can withstand heat up to 340 F Degrees. So, I'm curious if Delrin stamps could do the job?
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01-26-2013, 12:55 PM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 10:01 AM)Sam Wrote:  I'm now interested in experimenting with Delrin stamps on Kydex. From the MSDS sheets, Delrin can withstand heat up to 340 F Degrees. So, I'm curious if Delrin stamps could do the job?

Derlin stumps are cheaper and i was talking to a guy that does them and he told me they may no work with kydex because of the detail i wanted in my stump...so i started talking with this guy here:
http://www.steelhandstamps.com/
Buckeye Engraving,
he charges $155 for the 1/2 sq. inch and $130 for the 3/8 (plus shipping)
here is a pic how it looks like with the the HF stumps, i did it after forming the sheath:

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01-26-2013, 01:32 PM
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 12:55 PM)linos Wrote:  
(01-26-2013 10:01 AM)Sam Wrote:  I'm now interested in experimenting with Delrin stamps on Kydex. From the MSDS sheets, Delrin can withstand heat up to 340 F Degrees. So, I'm curious if Delrin stamps could do the job?

Derlin stumps are cheaper and i was talking to a guy that does them and he told me they may no work with kydex because of the detail i wanted in my stump...so i started talking with this guy here:
http://www.steelhandstamps.com/
Buckeye Engraving,
he charges $155 for the 1/2 sq. inch and $130 for the 3/8 (plus shipping)
here is a pic how it looks like with the the HF stumps, i did it after forming the sheath:

That was about the price I was looking at on another site. Will give Buckeye a try! Thanks for the link.

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01-27-2013, 03:11 AM (This post was last modified: 01-27-2013 03:11 AM by Sam.)
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RE: Anyone tried to brand Kydex?
(01-26-2013 12:55 PM)linos Wrote:  Derlin stumps are cheaper and i was talking to a guy that does them and he told me they may no work with kydex because of the detail i wanted in my stump...so i started talking with this guy here:
http://www.steelhandstamps.com/
Buckeye Engraving,
he charges $155 for the 1/2 sq. inch and $130 for the 3/8 (plus shipping)
here is a pic how it looks like with the the HF stumps, i did it after forming the sheath:

[Image: DSC01866-1.jpg]

(01-26-2013 01:32 PM)crazyNCman Wrote:  That was about the price I was looking at on another site. Will give Buckeye a try! Thanks for the link.

I can try my Delrin stamps and see if they work, and I can always tweak the settings since I make my own on the laser engraver. Plus, if Delrin works, it's a lot cheaper than the steel stamps - about a third the price.

A neat feature I found is having the ability to emboss the images in a pyramid fashion, where the top of the letter is smaller than the base. This gives better visible results when stamping.

Give me a week to experiment with it.
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