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You mention label maker, but I bought an engraver (like this one) to engrave my classroom supplies like calculators that have a tendency to walk off.
this is /r/Tools so heres a link to one. I have the older model, and have only replaced the bit once in 20 years. That was to get a sharper line on an art project. I have not changed my phone #, just incase my lawnmower walks off.
I learned to engrave everything that can grow legs from my uncle. He would engrave his firewood if he had the time. It is an art at this point. I write my name and contact large on the top of things, then small underneath, or in a handle. So if a stolen item gets scratched off, there is a back up no one is looking for.
Everything has a chance of being stolen. It is my duty to make my shit a pain in the ass to hawk.
I've used one of these before I got an airscribe, and it worked pretty well. It's not as good as my microjack 4, but it's about $500 cheaper, and its better than manually chipping rock off with a pinvise.
Tip: buy something like this:
Dremel 290-01 120-Volt Engraver Rotary Tool with Stencils - Crafting Machine Perfect for DIY Personalizing and Engraving Leather, Metal, Glass, and Wood [link]
And use another measuring cup. Pour water for 1/4 cup. Put it in this one. Etch a line and 1/4 onto the cup. Do the same for the other measurements. I did that once.
These little engraving tools always seem to do a well enough job for my taste (and they're cheap!)
I used a dremel engraver.
Just get an electric handheld engraver. They're like $15. There's a Dremel branded one on Amazon. I got mine at a small local hardware store. There are pneumatic ones available too.
You can do it yourself
Maybe learn a new skill!
I went and bough this one. Used the same bit(carbide) it came with.
For sure there may be cheaper sheets out there.
I never got into the whole colored tape/paint idea. It takes 10 seconds to take it off and someone can say it's theirs. I bought one of these to carve my initials into it.
May as well engrave those private keys into the back of your license plate while you're waiting for that ledger nano s. [link]
Anyone know if you can do it yourself with a tool like this? Dremel 290-01 0.2 Amp 7,200 Stroke Per Minute Engraver includes Letter and Number Template [link]
I have this to engrave.
Do you have a friend who owns something like this?
Sure will, & thanks for the info! :)
Planning on buying this dremel and these bits. What do you think?
I did some searching and I think your best bet would be to get something like this.
Purchase your metal at Home Depot (or wherever,) and I think you'd be set. Do some more searching about metal engraving, and I think you'll have everything you need plus some good design ideas.