With the myriad of choices available on our site, it can be overwhelming to figure out which stamp/product will work the best for you. Ultimately, the best type of stamp depends on its intended use, how much it will be used, and the surface to be imprinted upon.

There are basically three types of stamps: Pre-inked stamps, self-inking stamps, and traditional hand stamps (sometimes called wood stamps, or more generically ‘rubber stamps’.) Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so we will go through these 3 types individually:

Pre-inked stamps:
Pre-inked stamps are the highest quality stamps on the market today. They deliver the greatest clarity of impression, and also the longest use before reinking. Although they are priced higher than other types of stamps, due to their longevity, they also provide the best value of cost-per-impression basis.

On our site, we carry two major brands of pre-inked stamps, istamp and Xstamper. Istamp pre-inked stamps use the latest flash burst/UV technology to produce a die plate that the ink runs through. This produces an almost-print-quality impression, and can last 30,000 impressions before reinking. Xstamper pre-inked stamps utilize a specially designed laser-engraved rubber that also lets the ink run out through the die plate. Due to its laser-machined intricacy, the Xstamper is the best stamp on the market, lasting up to 50,000 impressions before needing to be re-inked. Xstamper also contains a lifetime-guarantee on their stamps, so if there are ever any problems with the stamp, we will make you a new one, no questions asked.

Self-inking stamps:
Self-inking stamps have been the most popular stamps for many years. Their lower initial cost affords you a very high-quality impression for a lower initial investment. Self-inking stamps work by the use of a revolving die plate, which strikes the included ink pad to place ink upon the die plate, and then revolves around to strike the targeted material as you press down. Due to its continual inking process, a self-inking stamp is suited for high-volume stamping needs. We offer two distinct brands of self-inking stamps: the Classix and the 2000 Plus, both of which can offer up to 5,000 impressions before re-inking the enclosed ink pad.

Traditional Hand Stamps:
Traditional Hand stamps were the original rubber stamps manufactured, and have thus been known as ‘rubber stamps’. These stamps utilize the same laser-engraved rubber as self-inking stamps, but instead of having an enclosed ink pad, you must use a separate stamp pad to ink the rubber die plate. These kind of stamps are not recommended for high-volume use, as it requires the user to strike the stamp pad before each impression. It is very easy to change ink colors with a wood stamp, as long as you have separate stamp pads with different ink colrs. However, due to the nature ofthe stamps, they offer the lowest quality of impression, mostly due to not having a firm base affixed to guarantee even stamping. But, for occasional use, the low price of a wood stamp can make sense.