You might consider this:
Back in the early 60's when I was a grad student, we wanted an
different birthday present for my mother in law but had the usual grad
student bugetary constraints. We bought a pair of quality sewing
dismanteled them and coated one blade with Kodak photo resist. I then
carefully placed the word MOR (Danish for mother) on the dried KPR with
Letraset, exposed this to UV for several minutes and developed the image
KPR Developer. I then placed a little puddle of Ferric Chloride
(printed circuit board etch - Radio Shack have it) on the area and let
for a few minutes. I then rinsed it thouroughly with water and Gold
through the resist. I built up my own brush plating setup but today you
buy the stuff from
word MOR inlaided in Gold on the stainless steel blade.
She had those scissors 'til she died and my wife inherited them - none
family would DARE walk off with them!