Designing a custom gift or award is quite a lot of fun, actually. ... I think it's fun anyway.
The problem is explaining how it all works sounds complicated. We had an order recently that was fairly straightforward so I'm going to walk through it with you.
The Starting Point.
A local fire department has reorganized. One of the lieutenants wanted insulated tumblers for his newly-assigned truck crew.
The lieutenent had an idea of what he wanted. He sketched things out on paper which gave us a solid place to start.
When I finish the design, I send you a proof of the work. This is your chance to make any changes and to CHECK THE SPELLING.
I really want you to check the spelling.
Once I get your OK, I get to engraving.
This is my favorite part. I won't deny, I like a little validation for our work. And look at that face. Totally makes my day.
The best part is that you are going to see the exact same kind of look when you give the gift. That is a serious level of Awesome.
Now every morning, the Dad is going to put his coffee in his custom, Catkiller tumbler and go out to the shop. And every time he takes a sip, he'll know that his service -- to his country and to his family -- is remembered.
That made my day. Certainly made my year.
(Bonus Day Making: the Dad sent his son back to us with an awesome book about the 220th RAC. I'm looking forward to digging into it!)
This little sprite has just been handed an ID tag with one of her favorite Doc McStuffins (I have NO idea who/what McStuffins are) characters on the front. Apparently this was a big hit. Awesome.
I always hope people will appreciate their gifts but it's awfully nice to see it in action.
Thank you. Really.
Right now, it's best to call or email with questions or orders. With Christmas coming up on us quickly and this engraving service exploding (in a good way!), I am not able to make the website work as smoothly as it should.
Designs: I'll be adding to the design galleries as I can so you can get ideas for a personalized engraving. In the meantime, you are welcome and encouraged to ask for any design you'd like. If it's something that "fits" Charlie Mike Engraving (unit patches and loud, booming things), there will be little-to-no cost to you. If it's something not really in keeping with the CME aesthetic I can still create something striking (in a good way) and I'll be up front with you about design fees. 'Kay?
Products: Right now RTIC insulated tumblers, glassware, black dog tags, and bottle openers are what I have on hand. If you have anything else you'd like engraved, contact me. I can actually do some amazing things.
Timing: We're working all hours to make sure everyone get their stuff before Christmas. If you want something I'll have to order, NOW is the best time to contact me. Really. Now.
RTIC and other highly insulated tumbler companies make a big noise about how long their cups and coolers keep ice. And they do keep ice for a looooong time. If you're in Alabama, RTICs and the like are nice to have.
But I'm back in the Great Northwet now. Up here, I want to know about keeping drinks warm.
I poured boiling water over tea bags and let them steep 3 minutes.
The temperatures shown are after 3 minutes of sitting uncovered. The RTIC is on the far right.
I added milk (because that's how I like my tea) and covered them up.
Two hours later (I forgot I was running an experiment), these were the temperatures.
I drank the tea in the Copco travel mug. It was a little cool but it's a sin to waste tea.
About 3.5 hours into this test we get these results.
I drank the tea in the RTIC.
According to experts, the perfect temperature at which to drink tea is 140 degrees Fahrenheit (all is lost after 112 degrees). I'm going to guess the tea in the RTIC would have been at the optimal temperature about 30-40 minutes earlier.
I'm calling "drinkably warm" at 3 hours. You could probably extend this time if you put a towel or something over the lid.
Just so in case you were wondering, I did drink the tea from the thermos later that afternoon. Because it's a sin to waste tea. It was about 65 fluid ounces of tea.
I don't think I've had so much caffeine in one day since 1998. It was rather painful.