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Q: Army Dog Tags ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Army Dog Tags
Category: Sports and Recreation > Hobbies and Crafts
Asked by: hippo-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 08 Nov 2003 18:40 PST
Expires: 08 Dec 2003 18:40 PST
Question ID: 273979
Where can I purchase the supplies needed to make nad engrave our own army tags?
Subject: Re: Army Dog Tags
Answered By: byrd-ga on 13 Nov 2003 09:06 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Hippo,

You?ll be glad to hear that it?s fairly easy to come by everything you
need to make military-style dog tags.

First, however, you should know a little terminology.  To begin with,
the truly authentic, military-style dogtags are not ?engraved,? which
would mean having letters that are cut or carved into the surface of
the metal. Rather, at least since the 1980s, military tags are
?embossed.? That is, they have raised lettering, similar to the raised
letters on a credit card.  Prior to the 80s, they were ?stamped? or
?indented.?  Both styles require a special machine to make, and the
machines can be quite expensive, though some sellers claim that one?s
cost can be recouped fairly easily by sales.  Also, some medical ID
tags and/or pet identification tags are actually engraved, but those
also require special machines to make, though some are not quite as
costly as embossers.  And then, in addition to a machine, you will
also require a source for ?tag blanks? and perhaps some chains, rubber
silencers, and other accessories.


All right then, to the sources:

This company offers not only the embossing machines with a starting
price around $2,000, but service, a full line of other supplies,
including a wide selection of tag finishes and styles,  and advice on
getting started making dog tags:

Offers a number of different models of dog tag machines, both
automatic and manual, at a variety of prices.  Also has a ?Dog Tag
Starter Kit,? which includes an embosser that needs no electricity,
100 tags, 100 each long and short chains, and 100 black silencers.

He says he has dog tag machines for sale, including a refurbished old
graphotype class 6300 machine.  Says he?ll even deliver it and set it
up if you?re in the southeast or mid-atlantic region of the U.S. 
However, he doesn?t give a price and wants you to email or call for
more information.  But he might give you a good deal, who knows? See

They offer both indenting and embossing machines and it appears they
might also offer related supplies, though the link wasn?t working when
I checked.  But they also want you to contact them or a distributor
for detailed information, including price: 

This company offers several models of embossers as well as tag blanks in bulk: 

There are currently a couple of machines available on Ebay, though it
might be a good idea to check periodically to see if others get
listed.  I used the search terms ?dog tag,?  ?dog tags,?  ?dog tag
machine,? and ?dog tag emboss.?

Here?s an older-style graphotype machine:

This one is a brand-new automatic feed embosser: 


If you would prefer to engrave rather than emboss the tags as is
sometimes done for pet identification and medical id tags, here are a
few sources for engraving machines:

This company offers a complete computerized engraver, as well as tag
blanks in a host of sizes, shapes and colors. 

Here you can find a variety of countertop-style engraving machines. 
Check out their product list at the left of the page, including ?Quick
Tag,? ?Petscribe,? etc. 

Has a wide selection of engraving machines and supplies.   

I searched using ?engraving machine? and found quite a few.  Here?s
the link to the search return:

Here are some companies you could contact to inquire about a used
computerized engraving machine:

  **The Engravers Network - Arlington TX - (817) 261-7256 
  **B.E.S. Services - San Clemente CA - (949) 366-1881
  **Just-N-Time - Los Alamitos CA - (562) 431-1140
  **L.T.D Sales - Oakland CA - (510) 531-3053      

And finally, if the prices of the machines are too high, here?s a
small, inexpensive hand engraving tool you might want to have a look


In addition to the companies above, here are several other sources for
obtaining just the tag blanks, chains, silencers and other accessories
and supplies:

This company specializes in providing supplies to school groups and
community organizations who make and sell dog tags as a fundraising
activity.  Here?s their ?About Us? page (click on ?Parts and Supplies?
for prices and ordering information.):

Here you can find blank tags, as well as ball chain, connectors, and
other ideas for dressing up dog tags: 

You can find tag blanks, chains, and silencers here, in a variety of
colors and finishes, and also buy by the piece or as sets.

NEW HERMES (listed above for engraving machines)
Also has a selection of tags in different colors and shapes. 

Here?s a set of WWII original issue tag blanks in mint condition: 


I hope this information and the links provided will give you a good
selection from which choose  to find what you?re looking for.  Please
use the ?Request Clarification? feature to ask if you don?t understand
something before rating and closing your question so I can be sure
you?re satisfied with the information provided.

Best wishes,

To find additional resources, you might consider searching on your own
with the search terms I used (or similar), which were:

dog tag machines
making dog tags
dog tag blanks
dog tag suppliers
dog tag supplies
"dog tag" engraver OR "engraving supplies" OR "engraving machine" 
"dog tags" supplies OR "tag blanks" OR chains 
?id tag? metal engraving machines OR equipment 
engraving tool OR tools
hippo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.50

Subject: Re: Army Dog Tags
From: byrd-ga on 13 Nov 2003 15:34 PST
Dear Hippo,

Thank you very much for the five-star rating and generous tip. I'm so
glad you were pleased. Best of luck to you in your venture.


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