Guide to Rubber Stamps

  How are Self-Inking and Pre-Inked Stamps different?
Self-inking stamps have a built-in ink pad. A patented spring device automatically re-inks the die with your image between each impression. In slow motion, you can watch the rubber stamp as it flips up and then down against the ink pad – with each impression. In general our self-inking stamps use a water-based ink. Even though they typically need to be re-inked more than pre-inked stamps, the re-inking procedure is remarkably easy and mess-free.
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Pre-Inked stamps also carry their own ink. But, pre-inked stamps do not use a flip-around device – just a die that is saturated with ink. The ink seeps through the die (which is also patented) at a controlled rate. Many find that a pre-inked stamp gives a better quality of impression than found with a self-inking stamp.
  Self-Inking Stamp Pre-Inked Stamp Rubber Stamp
  Self-Inking Stamps Pre-Inked Stamps Traditional Stamps
Cost Premium Average Lowest Cost
Maximum Size 2" x 2.75" 3" x 4" 4" x 6"
Impression Quality Good Best Fair
Good for Multiple Impressions Best Better Good

• Business - Grade

• Smooth Operation; good for Repeated Impressions

• Built-In Ink Pad

• Low cost ink refills

• Many Shapes

• Traditional Design

• No Ink Pad; Ink Built-In

• Low-Volume Users, Crafters

• Largest size

• Requires Ink Pad

• Affordable

• Good for curved surfaces

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