What Are Self Inking Stamps & How Are They Made?

While it may seem like everything is accomplished with a computer these days, there are some everyday functions that computers just can’t replace. One of these is the rubber stamp. Rubber stamps are frequently used in homes and businesses across the country for a variety of reasons — these simple tools remain more cost-effective and convenient than any computerized option.

There are three main types of rubber stamps: traditional, self-inking, and pre-inked. In this article, we’ll take a look at self inking stamps to find out what they are, how they’re made, and how they’re used.

Group of self-inking stamps isolated on white

What are self-inking stamps?

A self-inking stamp is basically a rubber stamp and an ink pad that are combined inside a housing to create an easy stamping tool. To use it, you simply place the bottom of the case where you want to stamp and then press down. The rubber stamp rests on the ink pad until the housing is pressed down, and then a spring lowers and rotates the inked stamping surface to create the stamped impression.

Self-inking stamps come in a variety of sizes and styles, from small date stamps to larger single-word or custom text stamps.

How are self-inking stamps made?

Many companies offer custom designs for self-inking stamps, such as personalized address, logo, or message stamps. To make these stamps, companies typically use a laser engraving machine that creates the raised rubber portion of the stamp. A graphics program reverses the image for engraving so the resulting stamps will appear correctly.

Once the engraving process is complete and the rubber is thoroughly cleaned, the stamp company will affix it to a pre-assembled self-inking mechanism, which comes with an adhesive base. The finished custom stamp is then tested, adjusted or re-cut if necessary, and then sent to the customer.

Letter with confidential stamp on the table

What are the uses of self-inking stamps?

Self-inking stamps can be used in many ways. One of the most common types is the date stamp, which features several rubber loops imprinted with numbers and symbols and can be adjusted to stamp a specific date. Many offices and libraries use self-inking date stamps for their day-to-day operations.

Another popular type is the custom self-inking address stamp. Having your address printed on a self-inking stamp can save you a lot of time in addressing envelopes, whether you frequently mail bills or are sending large amounts of mail, such as holiday cards or wedding invitations.

Many businesses make use of stock message stamps, which are imprinted with common messages they often use on paper files. For example, they may have ‘paid’ or ‘canceled’ stamps for invoices.

Another popular type of self-inking stamp for business is the seal stamp. Small business, large companies, and even government offices often have self-inking stamps imprinted with their seal or logo for marking paperwork as official, signing letters or envelopes, or other day-to-day uses.

Self-inking stamps are popular, inexpensive, and highly customizable items that have a variety of uses for several situations. They’re also a lot of fun to use!