One of my main responsibilities at CW Pencil Enterprise is handling all the custom pencil orders. I've emailed and spoken to dozens (if not hundreds) of you over the past two years about the best text and color combinations, how many letters we can fit on one side of a pencil, and regretfully about all the special characters we don't have. As a result, I've spent a lot of time in front of our 1960s Kingsley Hot Foil Press. And while I love that machine, we decided at the end of last year that it was time to move on.
(Me with the old Kingsley machine)
Fast forward to this spring, and we have a brand new pencil stamping machine! It's from a company called Aamstamp and it doesn't have the vintage charm that old Kingsley does. But it DOES have a brand new type kit: when type kits are new, all the letters are the same height, which makes it a lot easier for me to stamp long phrases without crushing your pencils. It also has some features that are more exciting for you guys as well, like a longer type tray and some new characters. The new machine holds a temperature better and allows me to make pencils faster.
Read on if you're interested in the nitty gritty of how our custom pencils abilities have changed.
What's the same:
We're still using a set of 10pt News Gothic, all capitals, so your text is going to look the same as it was before. We're also still using gold foil by default, and the blank #2 hexagonal pencils we get from Musgrave in Tennessee.
We have more space! I'm not estimating about 28 characters, give or take a few depending on your phrase. We have a few new symbols now too! Like before, we have numbers (0-9), periods (.), commas (,), dashes (-), single and double quotations (‘ “), colons (:), and ampersands (&). Now we also have exclamation points (!) and question marks (?). Sadly no hashtags/number signs (#) or at signs (@) yet--maybe one day!
As always, you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you might have about what is and is not possible. I love working with you guys on your custom orders, and I hope this machine means that we can do more creative things together in the future!