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Is This Maker's Mark Too Complicated?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by redsquid2, Jan 8, 2019.

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  1. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    I take pride in my work, and I want to have a mark that is mine and mine alone, so I worked on it awhile and I came up with something that I think is unique. I need to be able to etch it into some smaller blades as small as 3/4" wide.

    This mark incorporates letters from the names of some of my best friends, and the letters are all morphed and stylized, which makes it go way over the top in terms of cool factor.

    Is it too complicated?

    If there is something you would change about it, please let me know.

    Thanks.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. E.Carlson

    E.Carlson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    668
    Mar 28, 2016
    In my opinion, yes.
    If someone was looking for you as the maker, could they google that?
     
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  3. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Looks great, don’t change a thing.
     
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  4. theobetts

    theobetts

    402
    Nov 4, 2004
    Yes, too complicated.
     
  5. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Maybe if I bring all the design elements closer together, scrunch everything in more.
     
  6. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Even at 4"X4" it looks too complicated. I can't imagine how it would even be discernable at 1/2" wide.
     
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  7. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo

    118
    May 20, 2017
    Way too busy
     
  8. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    This is the reason I stuck with my name and location. A cool design would have been more fun, but when you're unknown, I think a name is the best way to go.

    This is the one I came up with, and had a couple steel stamps and a leather stamp made:

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I think that will make it look even more busy and confusing.

    I always think of it like, in 50 years if someone gets your knife will they be able to figure out who made it?
     
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  10. milkbaby

    milkbaby

    553
    Aug 1, 2016
    In my personal opinion it's too complex, and I feel it's ugly, an assault on the eyes. Once you squeeze it down it will not even be recognizable.

    Look at the world's most recognizable logos and most are so simple but grab your eye: Nike, Apple, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's. Even the complex ones have an elegance that pleases the eye: Starbucks, Coca-Cola.

    Why make a beautifully designed knife then add something way too busy that will detract from it?

    Edited to add: On the flip side, I totally feel that one's knives should be an expression of your creativity. Don't listen to me if this design really expresses exactly what you want. But at the same time, don't be surprised if it hurts sales.
     
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  11. Kevin McGovern

    Kevin McGovern KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 31, 2015
    Way too complicated to recognize easily. I think my mark (which is my avatar) is borderline busy.
     
  12. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb

    Jun 6, 2017
    It is too complicated and you will need/want some kind of print on it that people can search/lookup to find you. It has a wonderful artistic element to it but seems like it would be too difficult to stamp and costly to etch into anything.
     
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  13. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Okay. It ‘s missing something. If I move things around, I can put a picture of a squirrel and a picture of a rabbit, and then a very tiny picture of an elk somewhere in there
     
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  14. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    Just by coincidence, this mark also signifies something that was revealed to me in a dream, specifically that the Venturi tubes will rise from the chaos, and that the voices of the dancers who have been hanged shall echo from the mountains.
     
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  15. Kevin McGovern

    Kevin McGovern KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 31, 2015
    Aaaaand I just noticed the title of this thread. Well played sir, well played.
     
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  16. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Seems busy, and limiting to me. I have no idea what it is supposed to mean, what the symbols are. You are limiting where you can put it and size as well.

    What is your name??

    I had an uncle making knives for a long time with just his name. He then came up with a neat logo that incorporated his name. But, you could still clearly read his name.

    Many if my favorite Mark's are just the makers name, or name plus easily identifiable symbol like Loveless and the lady, or my uncle's Logo Hornby with a rams head with horns behind/above the name.

    There are makers with symbols that I recognize, but only because I have followed their careers. If I found one, in a pawn shop, later, would I know who made the knife if I did not already know them??
     
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  17. E.Carlson

    E.Carlson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    668
    Mar 28, 2016
    Really?
     
  18. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    This cracks me up. I appreciate your honesty.
     
  19. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Something you should change?
    Yep. Everything.
     
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  20. Augus7us

    Augus7us

    687
    Oct 9, 2014
    Wow talented people leaving the site every week and you string along a bunch of guys trying to help you, with this dumb shit.

    For the record I'm fairly certain he's done this exact thing in the past. Look at his avatar...

    redsquid2
    Can't Wait Til April 1
    Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
     
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