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Name Plates

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by bhymel, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. bhymel

    bhymel Member

    where do y’all get name plates from for your customers? Trying to find someone who engraves them and not laser stamp them! Thanks, Debra
  2. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Try a custom trophy shop in or around your hometown. Here in Missoula MT I use All-American Trophy and Engraving
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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Kevin Rasmussen does mine. Found him on the web years ago. email him what you want, and pay him via paypal. His 1 x 3 nameplates are $1.50 each. He does excellent work, and will have them to you in a few days. He's in Idaho. Here is his email

    [email protected]
  4. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    I have always ordered mine from Van Dykes. They're on page 473 of their catalog. When you order on line, you place the item in your cart and the boxes open up to fill in the information you want engraved. Easy. 2.jpg
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  5. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I'm a one stop shopper when possible and I too order my T-plates from VD's. Once McKenzie took them over though their prices went up considerably, but my customer's pay for them. And on the flip-side the errors are now almost non-existent. VD (trophy plates) use to be a crap shoot before McKenzie... Joey's guy sounds like a heck of a deal. Not sure how the guy makes any money from it though! If I had a lot of trophy plates to do I'd five him a call!
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  6. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I once ordered from Van Dyke. When McKenzie bought them out, the nameplate prices doubled, or tripled. I've been using this guy for 10 years. He's 100% legit. I usually add $3 for priority shipping. I order plates once a month, and buy 5 to 30 some months. IDK how he makes much out of it...that's his business, not mine. I use black aluminum that's engraved so the type is silver (aluminum colored)
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  7. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Joey - I like the black/aluminum too and have been pushing those for years. You can read them without getting super close to the mount AND they don't scratch as easily as the solid brass ones many opted for in the past. Of course, my customer's choose which they want but I prefer the black aluminum plates too!
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    On the bronze plates, if you will rub some soft black wax, like KIWI shoe polish over it, then wipe it off, the lettering appears in black, and is much more legible.
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  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Ahhh good to know - thanks Joey! Kinda like putting grout between tiles eh? ha!
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