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Blank Dog Tags


Are you looking for a new profit source for your engraving business?  Look no further!

Our blank dog tags are a proven winner for engravers looking to add something to their bottom line without a large investment of resources.

Inland Products manufactures blank dog tags in 12 colors of anodized aluminum, stainless steel and solid brass and offers several sizes to choose from.


What material should I choose and why?


We sell more anodized aluminum dog tag blanks than any other material for a few good reasons.

blank dog tags in anodized aluminum

Here are the pros and cons.


Pros

  • Very lightweight

  • Available in 12 colors

  • High contrast engraving

  • Hard wear-resistant surface

  • Can be laser engraved with an inexpensive C02 laser

Cons

  • Can not achieve black engraving

Always remember when choosing a color for your aluminum tags that a darker surface color will provide the best contrast between the surface color and the color of the engraving which is a whitish silver color.


Stainless steel is the second most popular material choice for blank dog tags. 

Blank Dog Tags in Stainless Steel

Here are the pros and cons.
 

Pros

  • Similar in looks to military issue tags

  • Attractive shiny polished metal surface

  • Black engraving can be achieved but is expensive


Cons

  • Requires an expensive fiber laser engraver to engrave

  • If using a C02 laser, requires an expensive coating be applied to the tag before engraving


Brass dog tags are still a popular choice for those of us that can not resist the classic good looks of solid polished brass.
blank dog tags in brass

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Beautiful solid polished brass looks

  • Dark engraving for good contrast with the surface



Cons

  • Requires an expensive fiber laser to engrave
  • Will tarnish over time


How did we get started selling blank dog tags?



We started selling them in 1992 when a customer of ours asked us to make a die for him to produce the blank tags that he would engrave & sell at air shows and ROTC events. He engraved very intricate military logos & emblems on one side of the tags and a customer's personal information if desired on the other side. We agreed to make the die for him and start producing the tags even though we thought this would just be a fad item that would probably fade away pretty quickly.
 
Over thirty years later we are still using that same die to produce thousands of dog tag blanks every month and now sell them to hundreds of engraving customers who either laser engrave, scratch engrave or rotary engrave them for their own customers. So much for the fad item quickly fading away! 
 
We learned an important lesson from this experience and now when a customer comes to us with an idea for a new engravable product we listen! Inland Products has the ability to build special tooling and dies to produce tags and nameplates in a very efficient manner using modern state of the art production equipment. We take pride in being able to compete even with overseas suppliers.
 
Don’t hesitate to ask us about that new product idea you are thinking about and if we think it will be something that may take off we will seriously consider tooling up to produce it as efficiently as possible so you can enter the market with a competitive advantage. In most cases, we can make the tooling at no charge to you if we can sell the product to our other customers as well and if not we will quote a price for the tooling and make the product only for you.


Who purchases our blanks & how do they sell them?


Blank dog tags are a proven profit source for any engraver willing to give the time & effort to find the market that works best for them. Some will choose online sales through a website and others will sell onsite at swap meets, flea markets, fairs, and special events. Many engravers will find a market for individual sales to a large customer base or bulk sales to groups, schools, churches, organizations, and companies of all types using engraved dog tags for fundraising, branding, and advertising.

We make them - you mark them!


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Testimonials
"Inland Products has been making our metal nameplates for over 20 years now and I am happy to give them my testimonial as a very satisfied customer. They are always very responsive to our needs and have helped us out of many jams when we really needed the help. Consistent quality and great customer service make them very easy to work with."
Jan Brewer
Purchasing Manager
DeVilbiss Finishing
"This is a company that works very hard to keep us happy and to earn our continued business. I wish I could say that for all of our vendors.  Thank you Inland - Terry King"
"We were very happy with our aluminum labels when they arrived early and the colors were perfect!  We installed them on our compressors & the labels actually improved the look of our product. Awesome!"