I always love when I go get the mail and there is some sort of little packet for me. Usually it is a tool, and today was no exception.
I had ordered some 1.5 mm number stamps, made by a company called “beadsmith”. I thought I might do a little review of them in case anyone else is interested.
Price: $7.99 aud plus $6.99 postage – bought on ebay. Quite cheap, however if you need to get both letters and numbers together, Beadsmith doesn’t seem to have a set including both. Therefore there are other cheaper alternatives. I already have a letter set, so numbers were all I needed.
Packaging: These punches come in a nylon pouch thing which looks great and gives you quick reference to find the number you need. Downsides being that they are open to the air, allowing more possibility of rust in humid locations, as well as taking up more space in the drawer. This nine stamp set takes up twice as much room in my drawer than my 26 stamp alphabet set.
Use: As soon as I had a look at the stamp, I knew I had work to do. All the stamps I have used in the past have a taper which comes up very close to the edge of the letter, allowing you to get a good idea where you are positioning your stamp. These however have a taper, and then quite a large flat area before the number- meaning that it is going to be very difficult to accurately stamp anything. I took a couple pictures comparing them to my alphabet stamps which are the same size. It is a pretty obvious difference.
Of course these punches are made of hardened steel, so I won’t be able to file this extra material away, I will have to grind it, being very careful not to overheat the metal and lose the temper. Or lose my temper.
Stamping: The impression left when using these stamps is quite good, they are sold as 1.5mm punches but just be aware that that is the measurement of the very centre raised part. In practice I measured the height of these stamped numbers at 2mm.
Conclusion: These stamps seem to be well made, and well presented, however I am having a hard time getting over the annoyance of that large flat table the number is sitting on. That is the deal breaker for me. If I was to make this purchase again, I would spend a little bit more and get a whole letter and number set that doesn’t have this problem.
I am just wondering if the larger 3mm size that Beadsmith sells is on the same dimension of round flat area…. That would be a little better as the number would take up a larger space on the stamp, making me happier.
And now, off to the grinder.