| I would like to buy several dog tags for my family. I have an engraver
| and an etcher. Which of them would be better for writing on these dog
| Second question, what chain to use for them that's most comfortable,
| unconspicuous and yet strong. Two adults, one 4 year old and one
| infant soon to appear. Something cheap that can be bought off ebay
| would be better.
| Third, is there some way to safely attach a dog tag to an infant in
| case of emergency, so that he does not strangle himself with it.
Military dogtags are stamped (embossed,) not etched. I still have one
of mine on my keychain. Will never wear off, and I got 'em almost twenty
years ago, which in a dogtag's life, is nothing. They last longer and will
still be legible even in the worst conditions. We also had little rubber
silences to go around the dogtag to keep them quieter, since folks running
found the noise annoying. I would suspect that you can find them made to
your liking damn near anywhere they're sold, including ebay
The ball chain has been well tested by the services, and are the best
way to go. You can get the chain at the hardware store. The sleeve from
parachute cord is good, but the chain is bright so it can be seen better in
I think because an infant's skin is so fragile and they're so likely to
put things in their mouth, there really isn't a good place on their body to
put tags. I think that if you had a safety pin attached to their clothes
that might be a much better way to go, and you can keep it on their back,
out of sight and reach for the child, but within reach for an adult and easy
to confirm its presence.
Here's a fellow on ebay who does a bunch of just that:
and look for dog tags.
They aren't cheap, but to get the good stuff you can't do it for next to