Badge & Wallet News & Blog

April 20th, 2016

Perfect Fit Shield Wallets' commitment to quality and attention to detail makes their badge wallets and badge cases some of the highest quality, longest-lasting leather products around. Proudly made in the USA, Perfect Fit's badge wallets and badge cases are hand tooled from start to finish by dedicated staff, ensuring a build that will last for years. We know that when you receive your badge wallet you'll be happy with it and will want to ensure it stays in great shape. To help you do that, we...

January 5th, 2016

When building your Smith & Warren badge on, you’ll notice the option for soft or hard enamel. While the names might give you preconceived notions as to what these materials are, we wanted to clear the air and tell you a little about them. Afterward, you’ll be able to choose which type provides the look and feel you like.

Soft enamel
When the lettering of your badge is colored using soft enamel, the color is applied into the engraved letters. If you ran your finger along the lettering, you’d be able to feel all the individual indentations and grooves of the lettering itself. The letters would feel and look indented.

Once soft enamels have been applied to our badges, they are cured and allowed to set for long-term durability. Soft enamel is included free...

December 16th, 2015

Smith & Warren has been proudly manufacturing badges in the United States since 1925. Every badge is manufactured in a technologically advanced secure facility located in White Plains, New York. Badges generally take about four weeks to produce. We often get asked why this is, so we're sharing with you a step-by-step process of how each badge is made. All Smith & Warren badges are hand-crafted, of the highest-quality and come with a lifetime warranty, which makes the wait well worth it.

STEP 1: First, the customer customizes their badge using our Badge Builder and sees a digital preview of how their badge will look.

STEP 2: Next comes the engraving layout. This is done on state of the art CNC equipment by highly trained personnel.

STEP 3: Once the layout is complete, the badge is physically engraved using the...

May 27th, 2015

1. Sinking of the U.S.S Squalus (1939)

During a test dive on May 23, 1939, U.S submarine Squalus sank due to mechanical failure with 59 crew members on board. Twenty six men were drowned immediately after several rooms flooded. Thirty three other crew members managed to secure the remaining compartments and prevent them from flooding, but the vessel bottomed at 243 feet under water. By communicating with its sister ship, the Squalus was located by divers who began the rescue mission. All 33 surviving crew members were rescued from the submarine and the vessel was eventually salvaged, renamed and put back into commission. Four of the rescue divers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their efforts.



May 11th, 2015

We know Mother's Day just ended, but Father's Day is coming up quicker than you think! Instead of buying your dad another knitted sweater this year, get him something he'll really love. We've put together this list of gifts for the dad in your life to make it easy on you (and him).

1. Family Badges

Family badges make the perfect Father's Day gift. Create a custom mini badge for your dad to wear on his jacket or hat or to put in a key fob or wallet. These high quality, lifetime-guaranteed badges will give your father the opportunity to show the world the pride he feels for all the hard work you do!


2. Full-Size “World's Greatest Dad” Badge

If your dad loves the idea of carrying his very own full-size badge, our custom badges are a great option....

May 6th, 2015

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Many of us take for granted the fact that we have access to excellent emergency care that billions of people in many parts of the world don't have. Emergency care has existed in some form or another since humans first came into being. Stories in the Bible describe medical treatment being administered to injured men, and kings and political leaders have long had medical professionals surrounding them. Surprisingly, though, regulated and accessible Emergency Services are still relatively new.

During the Middle Ages in 623, Pope...

April 21st, 2015

A badge is an extension of who you are and the job you do.

Smith & Warren understands that badges have to be as tough as the people wearing them. That is why a full warranty covering the lifetime of your badge is so important to us.

What is a “full warranty?”
Back in the mid-1970s, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act was made into federal law. The measure protects consumers by doing away with deceptive warranty practices and forcing businesses to spell out exactly what their warranties entail.

With the passage of this law, companies that claim to offer full warranties must adhere to certain rules. They cannot limit how long a warranty lasts, nor can they restrict who can own a warranty. Any service associated with a warranty, like repairs, must be completely free.

What does a Smith &...

April 15th, 2015

A badge is a distinctive emblem which marks an individual's office, membership or achievement. Today, we know badges mostly as the shields worn by police, firefighters and the military, but badges have been around since the Middle Ages. During that time, badges were popular as jewelry in Europe and were made of cloth or metal and worn on clothing.

In the 14th and 15th Centuries, Pilgrimage badges were popular and were given to those who had completed a pilgrimage. At this same time, Beggars badges were also commonplace. Their purpose was to identify the homeless and destitute and allow them to travel freely, collecting offerings from the church by showing their badge as proof of class.

Livery badges were also extremely popular in the 14th and 15th Centuries and were given as an indication of allegiance to an individual, family or political figure...

April 8th, 2015

Police officers, firefighters, security guards and emergency medical service providers deserve the highest-quality badges and insignia, and that’s exactly what Smith and Warren provides.

To the outsider, a badge may not seem like much – on the surface, it’s a piece of metal that’s affixed to a person’s uniform. But for public safety professionals, the badge is a great source of pride. It’s the most meaningful piece of the uniform, and it’s an inspiration for those men and women who go out and work hard to protect and serve their communities every day.

Being an officer, firefighter, or EMT isn’t just a job, and to these professionals a badge isn’t just a badge. It’s a symbol of dedication, hard work and a commitment to the communities that they serve. As such, it’s important to have only...

April 1st, 2015

Dogs have been used in emergency services since the Middle Ages when law enforcement officers hunted down outlaws with bloodhounds, paid for by the villages they protected. Today, dogs have many jobs within the field of emergency services, including search & rescue, emergency management, patient care and criminal apprehension. Here are some of the most common breeds known within the field:

Dalmation: In the late 19th Century, horse-drawn fire engines were the most common tool of the trade among fire fighters. Dalmatians were known to form close bonds with horses and were fast enough to run alongside them for long distances. Because of this, fire fighters began employing dalmatians to keep the horses from getting spooked on the way to fires, as well as to guard equipment. Today, they are merely a nostalgic mascot for many fire...