Engraving In It Roots

The company traces its birth to 1967 when it was part of Swan Engraving, a Connecticut company that used acid etching to make circuit boards and engrave 3D objects. One of the partners, Frank Baron, saw potential in focusing on the firearms industry. So, in 1982, he bought the decorative engraving portion of the business and formed Baron Technology — the parent of Baron Engraving.

His decision was inspired, at least in part, by an early relationship with Winchester Repeating Arms, in nearby New Haven. In 1970, the storied company turned to the young engraving firm for help with a John Wayne commemorative version of its Model 94 lever action rifle. The project served as a launching pad for other projects, said Dave Baron, who joined his father in the business in 1981 and is now chief executive officer.

“It really put Dad on the map with the firearms industry,” recalls Baron, whose father passed in 2015. “Then, it was special edition after special edition.”

Over the years, the firm has been a pioneer in merging various engraving technologies. Acid etching has largely been replaced by roll and laser engraving. The company also employs a team of top-flight hand engravers for custom orders. The engravers play a key role in in mass production runs through hand-cut master plates.

“Our dies immediately have hammer and chisel marks on them,” Baron said. “You can make stamping look a lot more like hand engraving. Everything is about mimicking the hand-cut look.”