Hi, As far as hand stamps go, My suggestion to anyone who has ever
spoken with me about having a stamp made for modelmaking /casting
purposes as well as hand made jewelry has been the following.
Always order your first stamp as a "goose neck" style stamp. Most
are made of square stock and they are bent so that they can be easily
used to stamp the inside of rings and hard to reach areas. This same
stamp can also be used on flat items without a problem. The advantage
is that you can do rings and the inside of circular objects as well
as flat items.
If you order a straight shank stamp , you can only stamp reasonably
So the Goose neck stamp is more versatyle and does not cost more.
All the stamp manufacturers can make a variety of styles, so it is
important to order what will work for you in all your applications.
Now, All stamps are not made equally... If you order a microstamp for
the purpose of stamping a semi finished product or a hand made
product, you will be pleased with the sharpness of the detail....
However, When you want to stamp a model that will be used in Lost
Wax Casting... A mold will be made and some cleanup of the casting
will always be neccessary to some degree. It is most important to
pick a stamp that has the ability to stamp deeply , as well as a
clean impression..... The depth is neccessary as the " model" will
be stamped ... this way, all castings will have all the logo's
/925/14k or whatever already in them ...
Often we have gotten models or molds made from our customers which
did not have any logo or stamps in them... Then they ask us to hand
stamp each piece ... This is not the way to do things efficiently...
and it will add to your final production cost . So it is aleays best
to put the stamps into your models and to do so as deeply as you
My personal choice for handstamps has always been Sparks Steel
Stamps Tel: 718-729-7506 They are very quick , pleasant to deal
with and in the course of dealling with them for 20 years, They have
made stamps for over 200 customers that I reccomended go to them.
None of these stamps have broken or become dull.
Best Wishes, Daniel Grandi
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