We've all been there, while moving up a rank, or joining a new position, or simply refreshing the look of our current position, we're met with a choice of having to pick our preferred stamp. Even though the stamp is probably the simplest utensil in an office one would be wrong to think that it doesn't come with options and that they don't make as big a difference. We recommend pre ink stamps to anyone and everyone who is looking forward to purchasing a new stamp but before we go any further let's look at what they are and how do they work. 

What’s a pre ink stamp? 

Traditionally the stamps that have been used in offices and other such places have been the pre-inked, or pad stamps variety, where individuals have to either pick up their stamp and ink them themselves, by pressing the nameplate side down firmly on the ink pad or use the pre-inked option where the stamps rest on top of a small ink pad and when you wish to use it you can pick it up and press away. Both these varieties have similar problems; they are dependent on an ink pad that might get lost somewhere as it is easily disposable and displaceable, other than that they can leave a bit of a mess as well since the ink-pad is not at all hidden but placed upon ink side up for anything to land on it and leave stains. These problems are sorted out by the pre ink stamp which doesn't allow the ink cartilage to "leave the stamp" easily, and also keeps the ink cartilage hidden, away from the open environment where it can cause a mess. 

How do they work? 

Well, the working principle of the pre ink stamp is simple; keep the stamp inked and the ink-cartilage hidden. This is accomplished by forming a structure that completely surrounds the ink cartilage. The inking side is facedown so that the nameplate can ink itself. Next, the stamp or nameplate is positioned just under it pressed up against it so that the nameplate can get constantly inked when at rest. The nameplate is of course mobile. The structure of the pre ink stamp is such that it allows for the nameplate to be pushed down as soon as pressure is exerted for the top of the stamp while also rotating the nameplate a hundred and eighty degrees as it comes down. This allows the nameplate to be facing down ready to leave an impression. As soon as the stamp is completely pressed from the top (which does not require a lot of force at all) a clean impression is left and when the force is stopped the nameplate retracts, rotating a hundred and eight degrees and moves back to the ink cartilage.  

What’s the takeaway? 

The key takeaway would be that it is imperative that you have a proper understanding of your workplace environment, and your own personal habits. If there are chances of a mess being created if the ink pad is left unattended and/or you are slightly forgetful and can leave the pad somewhere and forget all about it, then pre ink stamps are a definite way to go. All in all, pre ink stamps are a much safer and productive bet.