Engraving and Stamping Are Two Different Things
Engraving and stamping are two very different things. Yes, you can either engrave or stamp on a variety of different items, from metal tags to certain types of jewelry, to even keys, but the instruments used, and the end product are two very different things.
Engraving is done either completely by hand (very uncommon nowadays), by using a semi-manual engraving machine (like we use), or by a computerized engraving machine.
When engraving is done using a semi-manual engraver the person engraving uses a template to engrave letters or numbers onto the item being engraved. The item being engraved is placed on the engraving machine and the engraver essentially traces over the template and onto the item. The engraver can often adjust the size of the letters or numbers to be engraved.
Engraving with a computerized engraver is even simpler than a semi-manual engraving machine. Little is done by the person setting up the item to be engraved by the computer.
Stamping is done by manually stamping a steel letter, number, etc… onto the item you wish to stamp an imprint within. Stamping is done one by manually hitting a hammer onto the steel letter, which is placed on the item to be engraved. Stamping is not usually as pretty as engraving, the impression is generally deeper in the item stamped, and it’s quite difficult to stamp the letters/numbers/shapes in a straight line.
We offer both engraving and stamping at our shop, with engraving being the more popular of the two. When people have items stamped at our shop, they’re generally things like numbered office keys. Do you have any any items that are either stamped or engraved?