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Hand-stamping vs engraving

Hand-stamping and engraving are both options on many of my products. It does help to know what hand-stamping is before you purchase an item with this option.

Hand Stamping involves using a hammer and individual metal letter stamps, and hammering the name onto the item. A fair amount of pressure is used, and quite often the indentation can be seen on the reverse of the item. It can also be off centre a little, but this should be seen as a unique quality of the item rather than a fault. The benefit of hand-stamping means you are giving a gift with a ‘hand-made‘; look, and letters can also be blackened to make the text stand out (or ‘pop‘).

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Engraving, on the other hand, is a very exact way of personalising an item. I have a machine (which, by how much it cost me, should have a steering wheel attached so I can drive it around!) that can place the text exactly where I want it, it leaves no indentations, and there is a fair amount of freedom to change things and fit things in. BUT, the letters cannot be blackened.

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It is all up to personal choice, but having the knowledge to know the difference means you have a better understanding of how your item will look when you receive it.