Twelve years ago Solid Stamps started in business
based on a very simple concept:
Sell rubber stamps products
directly to the end user. No middleman.
This simple and easy to understand concept
has proven very successful and today Solid Stamps has more than 4500 rubber
stamps end user customers in the UK. We sell all types of rubber stamps
products and it might come as a surprise for many that "the old fashion
rubber stamps with a separate ink pad" is still a major part of the rubber
stamps market. There are no official statistics on how many rubber stamps
products are sold yearly in the UK but it is assumed to be around 3.5
million. It is probably also a surprise that between 60% and 70% of the
rubber stamps product market is still based on the old traditional rubber
stamps we all know - with the separate ink pad.
The name 'Goodyear' is often associated with
automobile tyres; but without him rubber stamps would never have been
invented. Goodyear invented the vulcanising process. In 1839 Goodyear, by
accident, dropped some rubber mixed with sulphur on top of a hot stove. That
was the start of the vulcanizing process and it was because of this that the
possibility arose to make rubber stamps. The first rubber stamps as we know
them today were produced in the 1860´s in the US and since then rubber
stamps have been standard inventory in all offices around the world.
Just ten to fifteen years ago all rubber stamps
text was typeset using lead. This may be difficult for us to understand
today now that type setting of rubber stamps text is commonly done using
modern computer technology. There used to be a rubber
stamps manufacturer in almost every city and it was often a
man-and-wife business. At this time there were hundreds of rubber stamps
manufacturers around the UK.
Today most of these small sole trader
businesses have disappeared and been replaced by fewer larger and more
industrialised rubber stamps' companies. Even the production process today
is based on modern technology It requires skill and know-how to produce
high-quality rubber stamps. Solid Stamps has 15 years experience of
producing best-quality rubber stamps and we are proud to say that we have
rubber stamps customers all over the UK who are very satisfied with our
service and outstanding quality.
Plastic stamps are more expensive than a traditional rubber stamp but are
much cleaner to use. Nobody likes to have ink on their fingers so when using
business stamps instead of rubber stamps you don't get dirty fingers.
We only use rubber to produce the rubber
stamp's text plate; and we do this for quality reasons. Most rubber stamps
manufacturers use polymer - a plastic substance- because it is cheaper,
easier and does not require the same skill and know-how as using rubber
does. When using rubber the ink stays on the letters only, which gives a
sharp impression. When using polymer this is not the case, so the rubber
stamp impression becomes blurred and often letters like a, o, c, q, g are
not sharp because the whole letter is filled with ink.
It is important to be able to read the rubber stamps text
when it has been stamped on very expensive documents. Businesses spend a
fortune producing documents, promotion brochures and so on; and then they
buy bad quality rubber stamps. We believe they do so because they don't know
any better. We always advise our customers to go for quality when they buy
rubber stamps. The best quality rubber stamps impression is always produced
when the text plate is made of rubber.
But remember... if the separate ink pad has dried
out, then even the best quality rubber stamps can't produce
a good impression.
Today we recommend the use of self-inking rubber
stamps to ensure constant perfect impressions, to avoid the ink pad drying
out when the cover is left open and to avoid dirty, ink-fingers and the mess
on the office desk that a separate ink pad may cause.