Traditional Diamond-Tip EngravingThere are two popular methods of engraving today: diamond-tip and laser. Though both are able to create crisp, precise inscriptions and illustrations, the feel of each is very different.
Diamond Tip Engraving: The traditional diamond-tip method produces a deeper mark than laser engraving, therefore producing a longer lasting product with the smooth feel of a traditionally engraved piece. Diamond-tip engravers, which use a sharpened diamond held inside a pen, are also ideal for engraving glass and precious metals such as gold, silver and sterling silver. A diamond tip engraved gift is recognized for its precise lines, smooth feel and traditional look.
Laser Engraving: Alternatively, laser engraving requires the use of lasers to engrave or mark an object. These engravers are able to work with a wider variety of materials such as wood, leather, titanium, plastic and fabrics, yet they are limited in working with metallic surfaces like crystals, precious metals and stones. When working with metals, a laser engraver requires that a marking compound be applied to the metal surface; the laser beam fuses the compound with the metal to create a permanent dark mark (almost black in color) that does not rub off or react to solvents. This compound can be scratched. In addition, the compound leaves the item feeling rough to the touch.
At Kyle Design, we use the diamond-tip method to engrave all of our items in-house. With this, we are able to offer seven distinctive engraving fonts:
For additional details and samples of each font, see
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