Metal stamping tools are used to mark metal objects with a variety of symbols, characters and shapes. Metal stamps come in several types including manual hand stamps, manual stamp presses and powered stamp presses. Stamping machines use a die, with a raised reverse image of the desired character or design, to stamp shapes into metal objects.
Manual Hand Stamps
This tool consists of an elongated solid steel rectangle with a raised reverse image of a design or character protruding from one end. The other end is typically broad and flat, to facilitate striking with a hammer. The impression of the stamp is created by placing the marking end of the stamp against the surface of an item and striking the other end with a hammer. This type of stamp is very portable but is not practical for stamping a large quantity of items or variety of characters.
Manual Stamp Presses
Manual stamp presses are designed to enable rapid stamping of small items. These presses come in a variety of configurations; they are typically made to stamp a number of designs from a single interchangeable die. Each die possesses a set of characters tailored to its intended application. Manual stamping presses consist of a small platform and a die attached to an arm. Items are placed on the platform under the stamping die, which is pressed into the item by pulling down on the arm.
Type holders are style of manual metal stamp that stamps multiple characters simultaneously. These stamps are useful for stamping things like whole words or serial numbers into an object. Type holders ensure that the dies are aligned properly and in the proper order, to produce stamps with an orderly look. Type holders are a type of manual hand stamp and are operated in the same fashion.
Platform Metal Stamps
This type of stamp is a combination of manual and press-style metal stamps. It is essentially a table-mounted guide that holds a metal stamp in place over the object being stamped. Unlike stamp presses, this type of stamp holds the die at the end of a vertical rod, which the operator must strike with a hammer to create an impression in the object being stamped.
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