I had an early Merlin road bike (1993?) and then a Merlin Extralight (1999?) right before they were bought out by Litespeed. Neither had engraving. I think that the engraving started while Litespeed owned the company, so in essence, a Merlin with engraving is really a Litespeed, right?
Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?