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I'm looking at designing a touch mark. I don't know if or when it will be manufactured, but I'm looking for a little inspiration. Not looking to steal anyone's touchmark design, just get a feel for how complex they should be, etc.. Also just interested to see what you brilliant people have come up with!

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601 hits when I use my browser to search on touchmarks site:iforgeiron.com

First 3 are: How do I make a Touchmark, Touchmark Diameter, How Did You Choose Your Touchmark

Any of these germane?  (site:iforgeiron.com removes all the paid ad fluff on my browser!)

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I use the Anglo-Saxon rune for G ('gar"/"spear"). It is sort of a capital X with 2 additional short strokes forming diamond shapes to the left and right of the intersection of the arms of the X.  So, if you have a Viking, Anglo-Saxon, or Germanic inclination or ancestry runes are easy.  If you have a particular liking for animals you can use either a naturalistic shape or a more stylized heraldic version (there are commercial metal stamps available with the latter, e.g. a rampant lion).  Initials in various forms and fonts are popular.  And you can have made or make the name of your forge if you use one.  Even a particular pattern of dots or a geometric shape will do.  If you could come up with an identifiable outline of a chimaera fish it would be cool and appropriate.

"By hammer and hand

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Alright. I saw the ones on making and choosing them, but I was just looking to see what you guys had come up with. And I'm not really thinking of having a BS business. At least not in the forseeable future. George, I really like that one! Simple, clean, but very nice.

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Mine is a variation of a monogram (a stylized interlocking J-C) that I’ve used since fourth grade. Here it is stamped into a couple of my hammers.

 

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I had to look that one up. Now that i saw it you are correct. So i read a little on that symbol and it said that it represents the 4 Cardinal directions. Which is pretty cool becuase there are some that say the Celtic Cross was originally used as a compass.  

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