In addition to a growing line of knives, Veteran-owned Artificum Solis showed me a rather interesting take on the morale patch.
The large round morale patch on Austin McGlaun’s badge is made from 15N20 tool steel. Those are used for industrial band saw blades and they’ve shot these armored morale patches with 9mm, .38, .40, .44, .45 and 12 ga 00. Eventually, they will able to penetrate it with a .460 magnum Hornady Critical Defense round but that beast went through an iron skillet and a cinder block.
Naturally, these aren’t really meant as actual armor but they do carry one heck of a story. In addition to this example, they’ve also created custom badges for other companies. Below, you can see the level of detail they can produce.