Klingon Pin


#1

Does anyone know where to find these old pins? I can find a newer version on eBay but I’d like the old ones if possible.

Thanks for checking.


#2

Both of mine came from ebay and I only found them by combing through all the klingon pin auctions to find the correct version. I don’t think they were re-released so that might be the only source :frowning:


#3

This is the one on eBay that is the right 7/8" high but it’s not the same pin.


#4

Hollywood Pins also made the red/black/silver version of this that was used on the Generations knives. A similar situation exists where the proper ones have the lower slung points on the bottom, but an incorrect newer version like you pictured also exists and is more common.


#5

If you can’t find the vintage ones you need, this kind of pin is not too expensive to get made from custom artwork.


#6

Please elaborate. There could be a small demand for these if they were done right and kept private. The pin has a thick clear surface over the paint and “brass”.


#7

These would be referred to as soft enamel pins with an epoxy coating, and they could be made from a simple traced Illustrator design.

This source was recently recommended in a design course I was taking online:
http://www.applemetalcn.com
Since they’re in China, I presume it’s pretty inexpensive. I would just send them an RFQ and see what they come back with. There are many, many other places that do this kind of work, and I presume that quite a few are willing to work in small quantities.


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#8

Thank you very much. I’ll check it out.


#9

That turns out to be $0.60 per pin with an order of 100 pins, plus a setup mold fee and shipping. I’m going to go ahead with this but I need to get the artwork done first.


#10

Here’s the artwork. I’m pretty certain the butterfly clamp is not to scale.


#11

Excellent work, Scott. Do you have a Pantone book in hand or are you using Adobe’s Pantone matching from the eye dropper tool? I only ask because I find that the latter is horribly inaccurate.


#12

Actually they did the artwork off a scan and some micrometer measurements I made. I do think I’ll need to adjust the color some. Mainly for the blue.


#13

Do you have an original? If so and you don’t mind sending it to me for a week or so, I can get you accurate Pantone matches.


#14

I don’t think it’s that critical and what they have done just needs the blue altered for the most part. Besides, in use they get oversprayed for weathering.


#15

I just checked over them with my swatch book and all the colors they chose look pretty good other than, as you noted, 3165C. I would go with 294C instead.


#16

That looks good, thanks Ryan.

The order is placed and will ship 1/24/2016.


#17

Here’s the photo of the pin replica ready to ship. They look just perfect.


And the original pin from 1993.


#18

It looks Awesome Scott


#19

Huzah globalization. :slight_smile:


#20

No kidding and the pins have arrived. The original is on the right.