Maker’s marks

I’ve been cruising for a while for a quick way of doing my maker mark symbol.

In case you are curious, the “Maker’s Mark” I am referring to is a way of letting everyone know that you or your company made a particular piece of product.  They can get quite fancy for the metal smiths you see down at the renaissance festival and most of the time, they do not include any writing beyond initials and/or some sort of symbol.

It comes down to burning it on there or using impact/pressure type techniques.

There’s several very cheap options and then several expensive ones I like…for now I’ve consigned myself to the cheaper ones.  Like this…where you just have them put your name on it and pick one of the preset borders they offer cheaply:  Click here to see.

Material of the stamp:  Wood / Pottery / Pewter / Iron poured / Jeweler crafted / Plastic molded

There are some advantages to each of these…from talking to two friends, the basic idea is the cost of the stamps stems from the process the people have to go through (laser etch the design versus hand carve your design then pour a mold), how fine of detail, in addition to the normal concerns of how much the materials cost and how long it will last.

Note, all your leather tools will wear out!  You only go so many cuts with your knife blades, even if you polish it on jeweler’s rouge.  This is true for your stamps and our fine logo we’re buying too.  The wood / plastic / pewter / iron / jeweler tend to degraded in that order, the wood will lose it’s shape fastest and jeweler crafted items  will last the longest.  Make sure to explain you are going to be imprinted with a mallet.

Additionally, there are some machine made options not mentioned here, they range from a few hundred dollars to thousands.

The last consideration I’ve been pondering is stamping with a pressure system.  My friends have been telling me to make a “jig” for doing the pressing of the leather stamp without using pounding.  The advantages to a pressure system versus hammering are considerable, from clean lines to less noise and easy to measure spacing if your “jig” includes a ruler on it.  A jig is basically a hand worked mechanism of any sort that you make to handle quickly and uniformly a repetitive task that you need done.  Alternatively, Tandy Leather has a machine made for it … which they sell stamps to use.  All you need to do is get the logo back down flat or to fit the mount on the Tandy’s Leather stamper.  Click here to see.

It was pointed out to me, that you can get an electric soldering handle that fits your stamps to brand the leather, there are even heavier duty soldering handles that allow you to stamp and brand the leather at the same time.  See Link for BlackMarketIntel and scroll to the bottom for various options.

More Links:

BlackMarketIntel – Best Price & Explanation

Phillips Engraving – they have a good amount of transparency in their items.

Stamping Foil – Ribbons of metal (silver/gold/etc) that you can stamp to place on your product.

The Hack Factory – I’ve been considering getting a membership here, but am just too busy to justify it, even if it is a huge tax write off for my business.  $55 / month

Pirate Stamps

Business cards recommendations – Reddit

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