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  • Sam F
    Depending on the touchmark design, you could either have your punch made or make your own. My oakhammer forge touchmark was made by a stamp company here in
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 1, 2010
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      Depending on the touchmark design, you could either have your punch made or make your own.
      My oakhammer forge touchmark was made by a stamp company here in Hamilton while my Valdr touchmark I made myself. However, I could also stamp my first mark with a simple straight chisel or fuller - it just would take longer. Stamps and punches are usually made of tool steel and heat treated to make them harder, but stamping is usually done while the metal is hot (I usually go for at least a high red heat), so the steel will already be softer than the punch. Heat treated tool steel just means that the punch image will last longer and will still work at cooler temperatures.

      As far as I know you don't have to register a touchmark - it's your "signature" for your craft. But I could be wrong.

      Sam

      --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "aurik_burnsson" <rockforge@...> wrote:
      >
      > Now I'm assume that a blacksmith would be able to create a punch (or series of punches) in order to make their touchmark. However, I'm also assuming the punch would be made of harder tool steel and considering the size of it, I'm guessing they are more than likely created by a company specializing in such things.
      >
      > Do most smiths forge their own stamps, or are they created by specialists? And if it's the latter, what company would you suggest?
      >
      > Also, does one need to officially register their mark?
      >
      > Craig / Aurik
      >
      > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "Sam F" <oakhammer.forge@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I started a photo album in the Photo's Section and among the photos I posted I included two images of my touchmarks. A touchmark is a blacksmith's "signature" on his/her work. It is stamped into the workpiece itself so people will recognize who made it. This got me thinking that many in this groups are already established smiths who may already have a touchmark that they use. It would be a good idea to have an album of Touchmarks as a reference. This can also serve to help upcoming smiths design their own touchmarks. So I invite any smith who has a touchmark they use, to include an image of their mark in the album along with their name as the image name. The easiest way to do this if you don't have an image of your touchmark is to draw it using a basic paint program (like the one on your computer operating system) and save it as a jpeg. then diownload it into the album.
      > > Cheers
      > >
      > > Sam / Valdr
      > > Oakhammer Forge
      > >
      >
    • Helmut's Forge
      What was the Hamilton co. name? Does anyone know of a company that does silver plating?
      Message 2 of 6 , Dec 2, 2010
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        What was the Hamilton co. name? Does anyone know of a company that does silver plating?

        On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Sam F <oakhammer.forge@...> wrote:
         

        Depending on the touchmark design, you could either have your punch made or make your own.
        My oakhammer forge touchmark was made by a stamp company here in Hamilton while my Valdr touchmark I made myself. However, I could also stamp my first mark with a simple straight chisel or fuller - it just would take longer. Stamps and punches are usually made of tool steel and heat treated to make them harder, but stamping is usually done while the metal is hot (I usually go for at least a high red heat), so the steel will already be softer than the punch. Heat treated tool steel just means that the punch image will last longer and will still work at cooler temperatures.

        As far as I know you don't have to register a touchmark - it's your "signature" for your craft. But I could be wrong.

        Sam



        --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "aurik_burnsson" <rockforge@...> wrote:
        >
        > Now I'm assume that a blacksmith would be able to create a punch (or series of punches) in order to make their touchmark. However, I'm also assuming the punch would be made of harder tool steel and considering the size of it, I'm guessing they are more than likely created by a company specializing in such things.
        >
        > Do most smiths forge their own stamps, or are they created by specialists? And if it's the latter, what company would you suggest?
        >
        > Also, does one need to officially register their mark?
        >
        > Craig / Aurik
        >
        > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "Sam F" <oakhammer.forge@> wrote:
        > >
        > > I started a photo album in the Photo's Section and among the photos I posted I included two images of my touchmarks. A touchmark is a blacksmith's "signature" on his/her work. It is stamped into the workpiece itself so people will recognize who made it. This got me thinking that many in this groups are already established smiths who may already have a touchmark that they use. It would be a good idea to have an album of Touchmarks as a reference. This can also serve to help upcoming smiths design their own touchmarks. So I invite any smith who has a touchmark they use, to include an image of their mark in the album along with their name as the image name. The easiest way to do this if you don't have an image of your touchmark is to draw it using a basic paint program (like the one on your computer operating system) and save it as a jpeg. then diownload it into the album.
        > > Cheers
        > >
        > > Sam / Valdr
        > > Oakhammer Forge
        > >
        >


      • Sam F
        The company s name is Embree Industries. 151 Birge Street Hamilton, ON L8L 3L6 (905) 529-7187
        Message 3 of 6 , Dec 2, 2010
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          The company's name is Embree Industries.
          151 Birge Street
          Hamilton, ON L8L 3L6
          (905) 529-7187

          --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "Helmut's Forge" <helmutsforge@...> wrote:
          >
          > What was the Hamilton co. name? Does anyone know of a company that does
          > silver plating?
          >
          > On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Sam F <oakhammer.forge@...> wrote:
          >
          > >
          > >
          > > Depending on the touchmark design, you could either have your punch made or
          > > make your own.
          > > My oakhammer forge touchmark was made by a stamp company here in Hamilton
          > > while my Valdr touchmark I made myself. However, I could also stamp my first
          > > mark with a simple straight chisel or fuller - it just would take longer.
          > > Stamps and punches are usually made of tool steel and heat treated to make
          > > them harder, but stamping is usually done while the metal is hot (I usually
          > > go for at least a high red heat), so the steel will already be softer than
          > > the punch. Heat treated tool steel just means that the punch image will last
          > > longer and will still work at cooler temperatures.
          > >
          > > As far as I know you don't have to register a touchmark - it's your
          > > "signature" for your craft. But I could be wrong.
          > >
          > > Sam
          > >
          > >
          > > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com<EaldormereBlacksmithguild%40yahoogroups.com>,
          > > "aurik_burnsson" <rockforge@> wrote:
          > > >
          > > > Now I'm assume that a blacksmith would be able to create a punch (or
          > > series of punches) in order to make their touchmark. However, I'm also
          > > assuming the punch would be made of harder tool steel and considering the
          > > size of it, I'm guessing they are more than likely created by a company
          > > specializing in such things.
          > > >
          > > > Do most smiths forge their own stamps, or are they created by
          > > specialists? And if it's the latter, what company would you suggest?
          > > >
          > > > Also, does one need to officially register their mark?
          > > >
          > > > Craig / Aurik
          > > >
          > > > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com<EaldormereBlacksmithguild%40yahoogroups.com>,
          > > "Sam F" <oakhammer.forge@> wrote:
          > > > >
          > > > > I started a photo album in the Photo's Section and among the photos I
          > > posted I included two images of my touchmarks. A touchmark is a blacksmith's
          > > "signature" on his/her work. It is stamped into the workpiece itself so
          > > people will recognize who made it. This got me thinking that many in this
          > > groups are already established smiths who may already have a touchmark that
          > > they use. It would be a good idea to have an album of Touchmarks as a
          > > reference. This can also serve to help upcoming smiths design their own
          > > touchmarks. So I invite any smith who has a touchmark they use, to include
          > > an image of their mark in the album along with their name as the image name.
          > > The easiest way to do this if you don't have an image of your touchmark is
          > > to draw it using a basic paint program (like the one on your computer
          > > operating system) and save it as a jpeg. then diownload it into the album.
          > > > > Cheers
          > > > >
          > > > > Sam / Valdr
          > > > > Oakhammer Forge
          > > > >
          > > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          >
        • Helmut's Forge
          Thanks Sam. Years ago Black Creek Village used to use Canadian Stamp Co. in Toronto.
          Message 4 of 6 , Dec 3, 2010
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            Thanks Sam. Years ago Black Creek Village used to use Canadian Stamp Co. in Toronto.

            On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 6:59 PM, Sam F <oakhammer.forge@...> wrote:
             

            The company's name is Embree Industries.
            151 Birge Street
            Hamilton, ON L8L 3L6
            (905) 529-7187



            --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com, "Helmut's Forge" <helmutsforge@...> wrote:
            >
            > What was the Hamilton co. name? Does anyone know of a company that does
            > silver plating?
            >
            > On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Sam F <oakhammer.forge@...> wrote:
            >
            > >
            > >
            > > Depending on the touchmark design, you could either have your punch made or
            > > make your own.
            > > My oakhammer forge touchmark was made by a stamp company here in Hamilton
            > > while my Valdr touchmark I made myself. However, I could also stamp my first
            > > mark with a simple straight chisel or fuller - it just would take longer.
            > > Stamps and punches are usually made of tool steel and heat treated to make
            > > them harder, but stamping is usually done while the metal is hot (I usually
            > > go for at least a high red heat), so the steel will already be softer than
            > > the punch. Heat treated tool steel just means that the punch image will last
            > > longer and will still work at cooler temperatures.
            > >
            > > As far as I know you don't have to register a touchmark - it's your
            > > "signature" for your craft. But I could be wrong.
            > >
            > > Sam
            > >
            > >
            > > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com<EaldormereBlacksmithguild%40yahoogroups.com>,

            > > "aurik_burnsson" <rockforge@> wrote:
            > > >
            > > > Now I'm assume that a blacksmith would be able to create a punch (or
            > > series of punches) in order to make their touchmark. However, I'm also
            > > assuming the punch would be made of harder tool steel and considering the
            > > size of it, I'm guessing they are more than likely created by a company
            > > specializing in such things.
            > > >
            > > > Do most smiths forge their own stamps, or are they created by
            > > specialists? And if it's the latter, what company would you suggest?
            > > >
            > > > Also, does one need to officially register their mark?
            > > >
            > > > Craig / Aurik
            > > >
            > > > --- In EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com<EaldormereBlacksmithguild%40yahoogroups.com>,

            > > "Sam F" <oakhammer.forge@> wrote:
            > > > >
            > > > > I started a photo album in the Photo's Section and among the photos I
            > > posted I included two images of my touchmarks. A touchmark is a blacksmith's
            > > "signature" on his/her work. It is stamped into the workpiece itself so
            > > people will recognize who made it. This got me thinking that many in this
            > > groups are already established smiths who may already have a touchmark that
            > > they use. It would be a good idea to have an album of Touchmarks as a
            > > reference. This can also serve to help upcoming smiths design their own
            > > touchmarks. So I invite any smith who has a touchmark they use, to include
            > > an image of their mark in the album along with their name as the image name.
            > > The easiest way to do this if you don't have an image of your touchmark is
            > > to draw it using a basic paint program (like the one on your computer
            > > operating system) and save it as a jpeg. then diownload it into the album.
            > > > > Cheers
            > > > >
            > > > > Sam / Valdr
            > > > > Oakhammer Forge
            > > > >
            > > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            >


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