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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • From knights to modern warriors

  • Steve Randall and his business partner, Warren Hanson, presented a program on SWS Engraving and what they do there to the Hope Lions Club on Monday.
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  • Steve Randall and his business partner, Warren Hanson, presented a program on SWS Engraving and what they do there to the Hope Lions Club on Monday.
    We do acid engraving on guns, knives, and anything else someone brings in,” Randall said. “We have about 30 employees right now. They all hand-draw what they're going to present on each piece.”
    He explained a bit of the history of the process.
    Knights in the old days used acid engraving on their chain mail, which is what they wore,” Randall said. “They would draw on weapons or whatever they wanted to decorate and then engrave the drawings.”
    Micro-chip technology is now used in the business, according to Hanson.
    I enjoyed chemistry when I was growing up, and I enjoyed drawing, so both of those kind of came together when I began my business out of my garage,” Randall said. “I love what I do and I have been doing it for many years. I used to go to gun shows and show my work.”
    Some of the work is highly-specialized, he said, using various metals.
    The stocks on the guns are laser-made and you have to be very precise on the work,” Randall explained.
    Plastics, glass, and metals are all engraveable, according to Randall. The work has to be each employee's best, because, according to Randall, it's important that the customer gets what he wants.
    We stand behind our work,” Randall said. “Your reputation is everything.”

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