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Old July 23, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Custom engraved grips for a 1911: Suggestions?

I'm looking to purchase a 1911 as gift for my best friend as a wedding gift to him and his wife (She's into shooting as well, the lucky sod) except I'm not sure where to look. I'm would like to have him, his wife, and his daughters name engraved into some custom grips on the pistol, preferably wood.

Would anyone have some suggestions on some craftsmen that could do this?
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Old July 23, 2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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Penny Graham in Stone Mt., Georgia does nice hand work for reasonable prices. You can reach her on the web or at 404-294-4618.
West Virginia Wood Arts is also good and very reasonable with laser engraving. Don't have their number handy... sorry.

I'd bet, that if you look around, you can find a good engraver in AZ as well.

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Old July 24, 2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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Check out DSPLaser.com

They are who I would go to for engraving.
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Old July 24, 2012, 11:53 AM   #4
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Thank you olympus, may I ask if I can tell them that you had referred me to them?
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Old July 24, 2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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Here's a place in Turkey that does custom inlaid grips, gold or silver or both. I want a pair very much, but cannot justify the price.

http://www.handmadegrips.com/
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Old July 24, 2012, 12:18 PM   #6
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Wow, those are pretty bad ass

I don't know if I can afford to have those on a handgun, nearly 1/5 of the price the 1911 right there. They're really nice though, no doubt about that.
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Old July 24, 2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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Here's a place in Turkey that does custom inlaid grips, gold or silver or both. I want a pair very much, but cannot justify the price.


Toyota? Really?

Seriously... pricing is quite fair and the workmanship looks fantastic! The "Toyota" 1911 grips just cracked me up.
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Old July 24, 2012, 02:41 PM   #8
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Thank you olympus, may I ask if I can tell them that you had referred me to them?
Sure. One grip maker to another.
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Old July 24, 2012, 06:16 PM   #9
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Try this web site they do custom monogram grips.

http://www.dsplaser.com/3301.html

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Old July 24, 2012, 07:48 PM   #10
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Check with Esmeralda in Hesperia California. Incredible quality (check out these in African Ebony):

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Old July 24, 2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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Esmerelda for sure. Best there is: http://esmeralda.cc/
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Old July 25, 2012, 08:28 AM   #12
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I think Esmerlda's choices for engraving are limited. At least for what I've seen of her stuff, it's all the same designs.

I know DSPLaser will work with you on engraving any image that you can think of. They do a lot of military and law enforcement engravings too, which isn't something I've seen from Esmerelda.
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Old July 25, 2012, 02:59 PM   #13
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Would you say checkering is necessary on the grips? Mr Clough from DSPlaser was kind enough to send me a sample pictures of a job he did for another customer (Which interestingly, has an identical crest to my friendss, if not really darn close)

The only thing I disliked about the grips he had presented me was that there was a very noticible square like outline (no engraved but as if he took the image and put it into the system and just pasted the design onto the grips an invisible border so to speak)

I was debating if I wanted to omit the checkering from the grip entirely and go for a smooth polished look so not to have the crest lost against the checkering since the wood of choice will be of a darker color.
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Old July 25, 2012, 03:06 PM   #14
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Esmarelda makes beautiful wood grips,,,

Click here please,,,

Page 2 and 4 show some engraved grips.

I have no idea if she does custom work,,,
But an E-mail should answer that question.

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Old July 25, 2012, 06:27 PM   #15
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Checkering is most certainly not necessary, especially on grips that are going to be used more as display and not combat scenarios. 80% of your grips is focused on the front and back straps of the gun. Checkering is more important in those two areas than it is on the sides of the gun. I shoot smooth grips on all of my guns.
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Old July 27, 2012, 03:22 AM   #16
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Lord knows that I have my fair share of Esmeralda’s grips, they’re top of the line, but I don’t think that she does monograms. I’m sure that she wouldn’t mind a call just to find out. You’re probably looking at $145.00 to $170.00, from her for the custom work.
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Old July 27, 2012, 07:43 AM   #17
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For a showpiece, I would look at a good imitation ivory with scrimshaw:
http://www.beautyfromscratch.com/scrimshaw.htm
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