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Re: [BKARTS] Brass Type in US?

While I agree that cast Lead Type is an economic alternative for hot stamping, there may be a short-coming. When I was using lead type, I found that some letters were not cast deep enough for stamping, especially when stamping leather. Some of those areas would easily fill-in with the stamping foil, creating a time-consuming clean-up problem. Some type may not have this problem.
I might also add that I heard that true Foundry Type is a little harder and a little more costly than the Mono-Type offered by some type suppliers. The harder, alloyed type should be able to withstand the heat and pressure better. I am sure there is someone on this List who has more information on this point?
Bill Minter

On Jun 20, 2007, at 1:37 PM, Peter Verheyen wrote:

If you're going to be using the type in a pallet (for hand use), or in a low volume stamping press environment, I would like to suggest you look into cast type as well. When I bought my Model 86 Kwikprint I purchased 2 fonts in 7 sizes each for about what I would have paid for perhaps 2~3 sizes of a single font in brass. I think I spent about $900 in 1999. Even in the small sizes with normal gentle use, I have lost very few letters to wear. Additionally the type was sold by weight meaning that I got lots of letters in the smaller sizes (I started with 8pt) and still had more than enough for normal titling at 32pt (my largest). The type can be used equally well in hand pallet or the Kwikprint (or any other stamping press). Key, of course, is know how to use the equipment, how much pressure is needed, temperature settings, ...


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