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I am a second generation engraver. My roots in engraving began with my grandfather and his brothers, the Hancks, who ran a successful silversmithing studio in Chicago in the early 20th century, their work considered very collectible today. My grandfather was an engraver for most of his life. While a stroke ended his career and prevented him from teaching me how to engrave, I inherited his tools, and years later I taught myself the trade.

I specialize in 19th century “factory style” engraving, which consists of simple scrolls and leaf patterns commonly found on firearms that were engraved by artists who worked for the Colt, Winchester, and Remington firearms factories. These manufacturers produced the classic Old West cowboy guns used by many on the frontier, and popularized in Westerns. While these engravers did (and still do) fancy banknote-style engraving on rifles and pistols that were strictly…

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  • Joined May 24, 2008

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About

I am a second generation engraver. My roots in engraving began with my grandfather and his brothers, the Hancks, who ran a successful silversmithing studio in Chicago in the early 20th century, their work considered very collectible today. My grandfather was an engraver for most of his life. While a stroke ended his career and prevented him from teaching me how to engrave, I inherited his tools, and years later I taught myself the trade.

I specialize in 19th century “factory style” engraving, which consists of simple scrolls and leaf patterns commonly found on firearms that were engraved by artists who worked for the Colt, Winchester, and Remington firearms factories. These manufacturers produced the classic Old West cowboy guns used by many on the frontier, and popularized in Westerns. While these engravers did (and still do) fancy banknote-style engraving on rifles and pistols that were strictly for the display shelf, much of their engraving was geared toward the working man. For a few dollars more the farmer, cowboy or hunter could order his firearm from the factory engraved with a few simple scrolls, floral motifs, and perhaps a hunting dog or game animal. Something to show off to his buddies, but not too fancy to take afield.

Here at Etsy I offer knives engraved in a 19th century factory style, with deep cuts for years of wear in your pocket, pack or purse. It's a utilitarian tool that can be used every day, but with elegant embellishments that you can show off to your buddies.

I also engrave cuff bracelets using recycled metals.

You can follow my projects on Facebook and watch for sales announcements: http://www.facebook.com/DJReigel.

And you can view my firearms engraving work here: http://reigelgunengraving.com

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask questions.

Dennis

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