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    Default Custom leather Helmet fronts

    Anyone know of a site that makes custom leather fronts that have "carved" or embossed letters/numbers rather than decals? I have ordered several from the firestore.com and while they are nice fronts, not what I am looking for.

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    I'm not exactly sure what it is your looking for. Do you mean the panel lettering itself?

    This site has the best looking shields I think I've ever seen... http://www.helmetshield.com/ I realize they're not carved or embossed, but the painting and artwork is fantastic! I think I may order one of these for myself one day.

    Can you give any more specifics on what exactly it is you're looking for?




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    I can give nothing but glowing remarks for helmetshield.com. Great artwork, fast shipping and absolutely quality work. My shield is AWESOME!!!

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    Very nice but what I am looking for is embossed panel lettering. I have found a site and have sent an email. Just wondering if anyone knows of anything else. Here's the link: www.socalfools.com/helmet.php

    Scroll to the bottom to see the shields with the lettering like I am talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phyrngn
    I can give nothing but glowing remarks for helmetshield.com. Great artwork, fast shipping and absolutely quality work. My shield is AWESOME!!!

    My biggest problem is that I can't decide what I want in it! Too many choices!




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    Quote Originally Posted by cashton
    Very nice but what I am looking for is embossed panel lettering. I have found a site and have sent an email. Just wondering if anyone knows of anything else. Here's the link: www.socalfools.com/helmet.php

    Scroll to the bottom to see the shields with the lettering like I am talking about.

    Gotcha!

    I haven't seen that style shield before.




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    Try looking at these on E-bay...
    search "leather fire helmet"
    under that you will see some custom shields that are made..i believe in Kansas City, MO......if you search their other listings you can see some of their work and maybe get a hold of them by email to get your own custom front

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    I appreciate the replys everyone, but none are what I am looking for. The links provided are to either places that paint the shield or use decals on the panels both of which I do not want. Near the top of the thread is a link I provided showing a couple shields like I am looking for. I want one that the lettering is stamped into the leather so it is permanent. I have tried to contact the place in the link I provided but have not heard anything yet. I was just trying to see if there was any place out there to compare. Thanks again.

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    Bob Stella and www.helmetshield.com is the ticket! I have had 5 shields made from him and everyone is OUTSTANDING QUALITY and workmanship.
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Leather-Helmet-S...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://stores.ebay.com/Firefighter-S...-Take-this-job

    These shields are hand tooled. Read the description on the first link.

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    I usually just make them for guys on my job but can probably do one for you. I finished one of these yesterday and will finish the Boston shaped one today. You can contact me at carmodycfd@cox.net if you would like.
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    Sam Brown is a super nice guy. Check them out at www.sambrownshields.com

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    A few guys on the job do custom helmets shields. Here's one of mine.



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    A couple more, one custom and one from helmetparts.com?



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    Jerry.......Any way I could get in touch with someone over there who does those custon fronts?
    I am just next door across the river. Thanks

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    I'll get a hold of him and PM you.

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    Hey Jerry. You front looks great, well, what I could see of it. lol If you could get me the info of the fellow who does them, it would be appreciated.

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    I asked and that guy no longer does shields. That is always the case in our department. Guys will make shields for awhile and then retire because they get to busy with too many requests. But the good thing is that most of them pass on their trade so there is always a couple of people making shields. I'll ask around to see who is doing them now. I'll let you know.

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    Im going 2 get 1 for my new helmet, but who makes the best.. please help...

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    Try the following website:

    http://www.msafire.com/portal_index.html

    When you get there click on helmets, products, accessaries and then on standard fronts.
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    Just saw a new guy on ebay. Not sure of quality as I have not had one in hand. Might be worth checking out, the price sure seems reasonable but you do get what you pay for. The one I saw was hand painted not punched leather or cut.

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