We do not provide the grips. We engrave the customers grips only. We do not use stock patterns. Every grip we do is a one of a kind creation.
CO2 lasers cannot engrave grips that are made of PVC, it will ruin the lens of the laser.
Grips, stocks, forearms all beg to be engraved. The cost for grip work depends on the amount of preparation needed, the complexity of the design and the material the grips are made of. The pictured grips are in the $45 to $90 range for standard wood grips. Woods like ebony or laminated grips are slightly higher. Composite, laminated woods, ebony, horn, antler, bone and exotic materials slightly higher.
Altamont grips are outstanding values however they are extremely hard and there is an extra fee for engraving Altamont brand grips. Altamont grips must be engraved 3 times in order to equal the depth of a standard walnut grip.
Prices do not include shipping and insurance.
We cannot laser over existing checkering or a previous engraving. The curvature of the surface may limit how close we can get to the outer edge of the work piece, especially on harder grip materials.
We can combine or alter any of the samples below. They are a small display of customers requests.
The CO2 laser cuts straight up and down and does not put an angle on traditional type checkering. Stars, on the other hand, are very popular and provide a superior grip. Fees do not include shipping. Prices do not include the removal or replacement of the wood from the gun.
Engraving on Wood - Laser engraving wood is always interesting. Every species of wood is different and so are the results when laser engraved. Wood density, species, wood stains and the finish on the wood all create variances in the final outcome. Because of this, there is no way to guarantee that one engraving will resemble another. Softer woods don't burn and usually don't give a dark look. Hardwoods, like oak, will give a textured appearance.
The lighter the wood color, the greater the contrast and in most cases, the lighter wood displays the engraving better. This is why we use alder wood for our plaques. Dark walnut engraves fine but the visual contrast is not as vibrant as with lighter wood shades.
Some complex designs may require a set up fee. If you reuse a design that you have already ordered in the past, there would be no set up charges. We do not use jigs for set up. Each grip is started from scratch by scanning the grip and then designing the engraving over top of the scanned image. Samples shown are idea starters.
Some logos or graphics, provided by the customer, are not useable in their original condition. Lasers need a good line drawing for the best results. Many graphics can be converted and made usable. Some are just not good enough to convert. At times, graphic redesigns, can require several hours of extra work and a graphic conversion fee may be necessary. The ideal graphic is a vectorized line drawing preferably in Corel draw.