Understanding Hook – Fast finishes

Hook-Fast badges are produced from the finest quality materials using state of the art manufacturing methods with attention to detail, creating the highest quality badges on the market. We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction, if a badge is damaged or flawed in any way we will expeditiously repair it free of charge. All attachments, seals and enameling are guaranteed for the life of the badge.

Nickel Plate
An economical choice with an appearance similar to silver.

Rhodium

A platinum derivative that keeps its white lustrous finish, is not affected by perspiration and will not discolor or peel. Our most durable plating.

24K Gold Plate

A classic bright finish that resists corrosion and oxidation.

Rho-Glow Silver

A polished, unplated silver tone base metal with a hand-some long wearing finish. Lasts a lifetime.

Hi-Glow Gold

A polished, unplated gold tone base metal with a handsome long wearing finish. Lasts a lifetime.

Two Tone

24K Gold plated panels on Rhodium base, or vice versa. Now available in our Quick Ship program.

Antique Silver

This oxidized silver finish sharpens and clarifies the details of an intricately carved piece.

Antique Gold

This oxidized gold finish sharpens and clarifies the details of an intricately carved piece.

Antique Bronze

This oxidized bronze finish sharpens and clarifies the details of an intricately carved piece.

Antique Brass
An economical alternative to Antique Gold; oxidized brass.

Hematite
A brand new, sleek black plated finish.

Precious Metals

We can produce almost any product in sterling silver and many different grades of gold, including 10K, 14K, and 18K. Please email for details.

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Understanding Smith & Warren Finishes

Every Smith & Warren badge is built to last a lifetime, and Smith & Warren is the only manufacturer to guarantee your badge with a Full Lifetime Warranty.

Standard Finishes

Nickel Electroplate 

The most economical silver tone finish, a hard layer of nickel electroplate provides a high degree of durability without a high price, but may lose some luster with age

Rhodium Electroplate
A bright and brilliant silver tone finish that will not tarnish; a great combination of shine and durability.

Gold Electroplate
A pure 24K gold electroplated finish applied over a nickel base provide a gold finish that is tarnish-resistant, but may show some wear over time.

Gunmetal/Black

On the computer this may appear as a shade of grey. The actual finish is a very dark grey that is almost black. The actual badge you receive may be significantly darker than what is displayed on your screen or device.

Please also note that black enamel lettering is difficult to see on the Gunmetal/Black finish. For lettering color we recommend choosing either no enamel or a color of enamel that contrasts with black.

Pink with nickel seal

Pink with gold seal

Deluxe Finishes

Sil-Ray™
Heavy silver tone electroplated layers combined with our extremely hard protective coating produce a brilliant finish that will stand the test of time.

Gol-Ray™
The most durable gold finish, combining heavy electroplated layers of 24K gold with an extremely hard protective clear coat, the result is a gold finish
that outshines the competition.

Sil-Ray base with Gol-Ray panels
The best of both worlds, Sil-Ray™  base with Gol-Ray™ panels combine to form a two tone finish that is bright, durable and consistent.

Gol-Ray base with Sil-Ray panels
The best of both worlds, Gol-Ray™  base with Sil-Ray™ panels combine to form a two tone finish that is bright, durable and consistent.

Cote D’Or™
The ultimate fine gold finish, our thickest layer of 24K gold plate and our ultra durable clear coat, provides a presentation quality finish; an
excellent choice for awards, gifts and display badges.

 

Understanding Blackinton Badge Finishes

 Nickel

Nickel Solution applied by electroplating to base material, silver in color. Most cost effective finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Fair strength, may lose luster with age

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rhodium

Platinum precious metal group applied by electroplating over bright nickel base. Brilliant white color. Very popular finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Tarnish resistant will not discolor or peel

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rho-Glo®

Base material with solid silver color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished silver color.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Silver Oxide

Any base material heavy plated silver, oxidized then hand rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Nickel Oxide

Any base material plated nickel, oxidized, and then rubbed off leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 Gold Plate

Base material golden color throughout, requires no surface plating. Brilliant luster. Highly polished gold color.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

​VHB KK

Heavy gold electroplate (HGE) is the ultimate in 24K+ fine gold plate. This process applies a uniformly thick coating of tarnish proof high karat gold, purer and more durable than gold plate.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Tarnish proof and purer and more durable then gold plate​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

VHB Bronze

A base material, blackened and hand rubbed leaving the appearance of natural oxidation from age. A popular finish for commemorative badges.
* Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Rose Gold

A darkened gold electroplated base material which is hand rubbed to create the appearance of an antique gold finish. Another popular commemorative badge finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

​Chocolate Bronze

A base material, hand rubbed to create the appearance of a chocolate antique finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Green Bronze

CDA 260 brass oxidized, and rubbed off to create the appearance of a natural oxidation from age in a green tinted bronze finish.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

VHB Black

Subdued black finish over a base material minimal reflection. Mainly used by undercover detectives, SWAT, etc.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

MILITARY BLK (Swat, Undercover) select Nickel finish for pricing – type MB in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Gunmetal

Our newest charcoal finish features a hint of blue, and unlike the matte finish of VHB Black, Gunmetal has a slight sheen. A great finish for commemorative or anniversary badges, as well as undercover detectives.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Pink

One of our newer finishes created for our Breast Cancer Awareness Line of badges. A bold pink finish is over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel and plain seal is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

When Ordering PINK – select Nickel finish for pricing – type PI in the special instructions area 

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 Kelly Green

One of our newest finishes created for Emerald Societies, Pipe & Drums, and Irish public safety professionals, etc. A bold green finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

ORDERING: To order write KG Finish in special instructions

  • KG can be used on most Blackinton badge styles
  • KG regular enamel can be used in lettering
    • Order by stating color as KG NOT green

PRICING: Kelly green (KG) is the same price as rhodium finish

SEAL STANDARDS: (Unless otherwise specified)
  • Plain seals will be kelly green like the finish
  • One and full color seals will be gold plate
LETTERING STANDARDS:  Only regular enamel (No Hard Enamel)
  • White lettering is standard on KG finish, unless otherwise specified

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Violet

Our new Domestic Violence Violet is a vibrant purple. The violet finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD​​

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

VIOLET​ (​Domestic Violence) select Rhodium finish for pricing – type DV in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Blue

Our new blue finish was created for Autism awareness month. This blue finish is applied over a base material, and lacquered for durability.
*Regular enamel is standard. We can not use hard enamel on this finish. NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability – Lacquered for durability​

BLUE​ (Autism Awareness) select Rhodium finish for pricing – type AB in the special instructions area

Finish Life-Time Warranty – No| Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

 

Two-Tone

Combination of gold and silver colors. Badges with applied panels will consist of Hi-Glo® & Rho-Glo®. One piece badges will consist of Hi-Glo® panels and rhodium background or Rho-Glo® panels and gold plate background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Two-Tone Gunmetal

Combination of gunmetal and either silver or gold panels. Badges will consist of Hi-Glo® or Rho-Glo® panels and gunmetal plated background.
*Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes

Tri-Tone

Combination of three finishes. Generally a silver, gold, and bronze finish. A very complex badge to manufacture. Tri-Tone badges must be custom quoted. Tri-tone is a great finish for a special anniversary badge. *Hard enamel and a full color seal are standard.  NON-STANDARD

Hardness/Durability -Very durable

Finish Life-Time Warranty – Yes | Mfg Defect Life-Time Warranty – Yes