I finally gave into vanity and pulled the trigger on a custom logo stamp. I say finally because I have saved the money for this several times over the past few years, but always talked myself out of buying it for one reason or another. The fact that I have a logo at all may seem a little odd to some of you. I could just sign my name to my drawings and the things that I make, but…the idea of having an identifying mark has always appealed to me more than having my name on something. There’s a big long story behind the why and how of my logo design coming into being, but I’ll spare you from having to read about any of that. This post is about my new stamp.
There are several companies out there that can produce a custom stamp for stamping just about any material you may want to put a mark on. I’ll admit that I didn’t do a lot of research and comparison of companies, I simply went with the recommendation of Christopher Schwarz‘ experience, Infinity Stamps.
The process started with my requesting a quote based upon my provided sketch and desired finished size. In less than 24hrs I received a reply as well as details on how to proceed. Infinity Stamps can provide artwork services to convert your sketch or idea into a working design for a small charge. However, I was able to provide them with a digital file that was in the correct format for production after a few tweeks on my end. The entire process, from quote to production, was simple and customer support was fantastic. (Thanks Mindi!). Once the design and format was approved, my stamp went to production and arrived at my doorstep several days later.
The quality of the finished product is fantastic! The first thing that I noticed is that the entire stamp is well finished. Consequently, the stamp feels good in my hands.
The striking end is milled to create a center striking area.
There is an indexing groove on the side of the body that will make orienting the stamp easy.
The business end of stamp is crisp and flawless. Quite impressive given the small size (15mm x 20mm) and intricacy of my design.
Using the stamp is as simple as can be. Place it on the wood and whack it with a hammer. It took me a couple of test runs to get a feel for how hard that whack needs to be. End grain stamping is hard to screw up. Face grain takes a little more finesse. Too light a blow and the image isn’t crisp. Too hard and I’ll crush some of the fibers.
The stamped image is so fine that it lends itself to kolrosing (Hillbilly Inlay) too.
So, I’ll be on a stamping spree for the next little while. Nothing will be safe from receiving my “stamp of approval”. I also know what my next project will be. This stamp needs a dedicated storage box.
I’m very happy with this stamp and wish that I had taken the plunge long before now. So if you have been kicking around the idea of having a custom stamp made, go for it. I can also highly recommend Infinity Stamps as well. My experience could not have been any better and the final product is a thing of beauty.