Frequently Asked Questions

Marking Tools and Supplies

Q: What is the difference between a low stress round (full) and a dot face character?steel hand stamps

A: A low stress round (full) face character is made of solid lines. A dot face character is made of many small dots with spaces between each dot. Both styles are used for low stress marking requirements.


Q: Can you strike a steel hand stamp more than once to create a deeper mark?

A: When hitting the hand stamp with a hammer only strike the stamp once; hit the stamp and pull the hammer away. If the hammer bounces on the stamp more than one time, you will end up with a double or triple impression.


Q: How long does it typically take to create a custom steel stamp?

A: Custom steel stamps usually take approximately 3 weeks from receipt of order to produce. 


Q: What is the difference between slotted and utility steel type?

A: Slotted type comes on a larger type blank and is meant for heavy duty part marking. Utility type comes on a smaller type blank and is best used for standard duty part marking applications.


Q: What are numbering heads typically used for?

A: Numbering heads are typically used for serial numbering and sequential part marking such product codes, part numbers, and serial numbers.


Q: How is the sequence on a hand held numbering head changed?

A: Each wheel can be manually changed with a spanner wrench, and the sequence will be retained unless changed by the operator with the spanner wrench.

Hot Stamping

Q: What is the difference between brass and steel printers' type for hot stamping?

A: Brass type is an economical, general purpose type for stamping into most soft materials. Brass type outlasts softer alloy metals like zinc and lead and holds up well when stamping under heat and/or pressure. Steel type is unmatched in durability and is ideal for marking harder plastics or for longer production runs. 

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