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Here's mine I just got from stamp man (Columbia marking)

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Here's mine, it's about 1/2", and smaller stuff I just mark "Berry". :)

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Just curious...

 

I realize that custom touchmarks can run the gamut on complexity, but for a simple letter inside a geometric surround, about what price range would one be looking at from makers like Columbia, CER, Universal, etc.?

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Why not contact them directly? They will be able to give you current pricing.

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I was just curious about a quick, ball-park price range.

 

I don't know just what I might want in the form of a touchmark design, and that may be too vague for them to give a price quote by phone or email.  Some have (1) set up fees, which are variable, (2) possible design fees, which are variable and (3) fabrication costs, which are again variable.  If the touchmark is way too expensive, I'll probably take another approach.

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All depends on your design - figure $150ish. for 3/4" diameter-ish or less

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jeremy,

 

That's just what I needed.  Thanks very much for the info!.  It gives me a threshold between buying and making.  I really should make one for the experience, but if I barf one up, then get out the checkbook!!! :)

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Well i finally made a touchmark i made it myself out of a coil spring.The mark is my initials JKH where the K and H are stacked. 

I haven't heat treated it yet but it seems to work well enough for now. 

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Hi guys, here are some photos of my new touchmark.

 

Quite simple to make. My brother in law owns an engravers company and engraved my initials on some mild steel bar. 

Stamping spring steel over the engraving wasn't working so I  welded a rebar around the mark as a guide and tried again. Bingo it worked. Not a mark on the original mild steel so will be good to make many more.

After heat treating the spring steel here are the results.

 

Should anyone want their own design engraved like this his website is www.grimesengravers.com

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I'm just now finishing up a piece that's taken quite a while to complete. Although I still consider myself a beginner, I feel proud enough about the results to sign my name to it. I was wondering if some of you wouldn't mind showing pics of your touchmarks (preferably home made) and perhaps a little bit of how they came about. What type of alloy? Size? Tools used in the carving of etc.... I will post mine once finished. Thanks

 

 

Slow down take some time and read through the forum, we have a lot of information here besides the general smithing section.  Your thread is now merged with the existing one.  It may answer your question

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I actually did try and find this very thread for quite a while before posting with no luck. Computing is not one of my strong points, sorry for the convenience. 

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I made mine by stamping a simple CK into a piece of mild steel then heating the pein of a ballpein hammer to almost melting point.  Once the hammer was hot, I hit it into the stamp mark to make the stamp.

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i made mine out of a car spring. I just used a hack saw and a triangle file to shape the touchmark i had made.

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The hollow or negative punch I made first.  http://ipneto.deviantart.com/art/Makers-mark-negative-stamp-v-1-392858739

The first try at my makers mark.  Found it worked awesome for endgrane marking but required to much force/larger hammer to make a good one hit impression in steel.  http://ipneto.deviantart.com/art/Makers-mark-v-1-392856947

The second try at it that fixed those problems.   http://ipneto.deviantart.com/art/Makers-mark-v-2-392858378

I have plans to make at least 3 more one more of this style and 2 of another.  Will show when I get to making them.

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We now have a facebook example page for ideas of touch mark hand stamps. I do get a lot of questions about ideas so hopefully (if can search the facebook for Columbia Marking Tools) is will give you some great ideas. Here are just 2 of the many. Always ask for I-forge/Toms discount.  

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Hey Stamp Man - I have order placed with your company and can't wait to receive it. Under Union Forge, Westfield NY. When I placed order and asked for your discount, they acted like I was crazy! Charge was 160 and change.

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Not saying it wasn't reasonable, but it the listed price online and does not reflect a discount. No worries, just making a point.

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I've been trying to come up with a touchmark design for awhile.  Got a buddy overseas that's really good at art and computer stuff.  He's been a tremendous help - here's the prototype design at this time.  Tried to come up with something that was small enough to not look out of scale on small pieces.  I didn't want a billboard stamp on a small knife blade or candle holder.  This design reminds me of the proofmarks you'd see on old silver or pewter goods.

 

I'm thinking it needs more airspace between the parallel elements, and maybe some swoop to the horizontal bar of the T.  Feel free to critique.  

 

 

 

 

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I like it Vaughn. The close parallels give it a swoopy look and the heavier horizontal  makes nice contrast.

 

I'd maybe make the T longer and slide it up so the cross bar is above the V but that'd break it to two elements so it'd be a real maybe.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Frosty, that's a very interesting suggestion.  I'll pass the word on to my computer guy and see if he can't do a mock-up of it.  Better to give a try than to always wonder.

 

D, very nice.  I like the border.  I was thinking of using a surround on my mark, but couldn't come up with any ideas that I liked.

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D, very nice.  I like the border.  I was thinking of using a surround on my mark, but couldn't come up with any ideas that I liked.

 

VaughnT:

 

That's a pretty traditional (18th century) thing to have that scalloped border on a touchmark.  Just takes a bit of work with a jeweler's file. 

 

I'm in SC as well.  Sent you a PM.

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A Big thanks to Columbia Marking Tools - Great job with my Touch Mark!

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