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Looking for a Brand

by ScrapArt
posted 03-02-2011 02:00 PM

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 03:06 PM
Not sure what the cost is ?

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 04:11 PM

Lee Valley has some inexpensive ones, I was just looking at them last night.

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 04:17 PM

Although I have not yet ordered from them, Brand-First appears to be a good source, with attractive pricing, as well as a nice selection. I found out about them from another LJ and will likely order my next branding iron from them.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 05:48 PM

I used to be an engineer/project manager for a fabrication/welding/machining type company. I cut some branding irons for a few customers using a CNC plasma cutting table. They cost about $50 made in stainless steel and were the type you heat in a fire or similar heat source. A machine shop with a CNC mill could do the same thing, but in our case the cost would have been more. You might check similar sources.

The “Brand-First” and “Brandingirons” links above are a little more specific to what I think you want, however. Brand-First especially seems to have some good pricing for what they offer. The “non-electric” branding tool at Lee Valley, suggested by rivergirl looks good also. Looks like any way you slice it the cost of a branding iron is going to be at least $50 to $110 on the low end.

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 06:25 PM

Thank you

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 09:17 PM

Haven’t used them before but was just noticing that Highland has a whole category of items related to branding and personalization:

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 11:15 PM

Whatever you do …. DO NOT BUY A ROCKLER branding iron!!! The base is 13/64” (that’s less than 1/4”) and the first time I tried to use the one I got for Christmas it warped to such a point that made it useless. I can’t get a clean burn on anything. It’s either burned to a point or so light the lettering can’t be read. They told me I have to roll it around. THAT’S BS! Doing that I the lettering is not crisp at all.

-- Don

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 12:37 AM

I would have to agree with you, Don. I also purchased a Rockler branding iron last year and have not been happy with it. I do, in fact, have to roll it around to get anywhere near consistent burn-in. I believe mine was like this when it was made, just slightly “off”. Your technique has to be just right to get it to look decent. It’s useable, but I’d prefer not to have to go through the above ritual every time I want to use it. (That is also the reason I obviously didn’t recommend the Rockler iron in my original posting.) I also wish it had a longer cord.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 06:03 AM

I also have been looking for a brand but with my logo.

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 06:43 PM

I bought from Custom Branding Irons. Terry owns and operates the business and is very easy to work with and talk to. He provides his direct number and either answers the phone or calls you back very quickly. The first custom brand he made for me (a drill press one) had a slight warp in it and when I contacted him about it, there was no questions asked, he made me a new one and had it in the mail a week later! Great guy and I’m about to place another order with him….

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#11 posted 03-08-2011 08:40 AM

Call the Vet you use, they’ll know a horse shoer, or how ever it’s spelled, lol. He’ll know how or who to guide you too.

-- Naz

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#12 posted 03-08-2011 09:03 AM

if I can get the image is reversed I think I could pull it off. is there a way to do that on the computer?maybe taking a picture of it in a mere?I got a think about this. 75 bucks {custom branding irons}
seems like a pretty good deal. It would definitely take some time.

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#13 posted 03-08-2011 10:32 AM

You could just use a runnin’ iron; ie, wood burner. Cheapest and most versitile I can think of;-)

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#14 posted 03-08-2011 04:30 PM

I will throw out an endorsement for Custom Branding Irons, noted above. My wife got me a custom brand with my signature in Nov. 2010. It works great and the service was excellent. The brands are all one of a kind and Terry will work with you to design something to your liking. It was a great company to deal with.

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 09:06 PM

I bought one from Rockler a few months ago and have been very pleased with it. I do agree that the cord could be longer, but no biggie. I certainly don’t need to roll it around, thankfully. Maybe the others got a dud. Or, maybe they messed up on mine and got it right. :-)

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#16 posted 03-11-2011 10:16 PM

I made my own after thumbing my nose at the high price of having one custom made. I went out and spent $60.00 in diamond dremel tool bits, sat down and went to work. Used them all. I was able to make what I wanted but it took me 15-20 hours to do so. In hindsight I probably should have paid the money. Flip side, I did get exactly what I wanted, the size I wanted and it’ll outlast me.

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#17 posted 03-13-2011 07:00 PM

Another LJer had a brand created, you might ask him. He told me where he got it but I don’t remember the name of the place.


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#18 posted 03-13-2011 08:35 PM

I bought mine from and it has worked well for me for over a dozen years.

They have a great variety and their detail is very good. The one I bought has an end for mounting it in the drill press so you can brand perfectly every time (unplug the drill press just in case you forget what you are doing).

I like that system as my drill press has a light that I leave on when the iron is plugged in, and it reminds me to shut it off.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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