Updated: May 22, 2018
An embosser is a good way to add texture to your letters, cards, and notes. People can’t help but touch and feel the embossed image or signature when they see it. It’s a great way to add subtle sophistication.
For the embosser, the fewer the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters in the center, the better because making the characters as big as possible creates a more impressive visual impact.
Example 1: In the example above, we opted to use four characters to represent Crocodile Martial Arts Australia: 濠洲 (one of several Japanese kanji translations for Australia that we think looks the best); 鰐 (crocodile); and 武 (short for martial arts). The language order in Asian languages is a bit different; the basic rule is it generally goes from general to specific. Therefore, the country name goes first.
We also considered 濠 (short for Australia), 鰐 (crocodile), and 武術 (martial arts), but this could be interpreted as “Australian Crocodile Martial Arts”—not exactly the intended meaning. We ultimately decided the previous options was better. It would look good too if we used only one character, 鰐 (crocodile), in the center.
Example 2: The school name is K-2. I was curious about the story behind the name, and I investigated and gleaned a few insights. First, the school used to be Kim’s Karate, so it’s like Part 2. Also, the school owner’s last name starts with a K. In addition, it’s like the mountain. The name combines all of these ideas.
Eventually we came up with a unique hanja name, 凱鍂, to represent the K-2 school.
First of all, 凱 (개, gae) sounds similar to “K” in Korean.
Kim is a surname (written as 金) that means “gold.” We found a rare character, 鍂, that consists of two Kims (金 + 金), meaning this character represents Kim’s and 2. I also love the fact that the top of the character looks like a mountain, thereby creating a visual association with the K2 mountain.
Q: I received my package last night. The embossers that I received are nice. On your website it states that they have a CLICK feature to them. Does that mean I need to press on the embosser until I hear a click sound to confirm that I’ve pressed down adequately on the embosser to get the best imprint?
A: You don’t always need to press it until it clicks. You can use some sheets of paper to test what makes the best impression. Sometimes if you press all the way till the click, some paper, especially thinner sheets, will break. And that wouldn’t be good. Try it a few times and you’ll get a feel for the right amount of pressure. The proper paper weight is from 20 lb to 100 lb (or up to 175 gsm or so — looking for gsm or g/m weight instead of lb weight is an easier way to identify accurate weight among different papers). I’ve enclosed two impressions. It works great on the seal. It works well also on the thicker paper for about that weight too. The examples are proper impressions. I hope this helps!
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