Different Types of Rubber Stamps: Pre-Inked, Self-Inking, Wood Handle

Every job requires a different stamp. While the crafter may be more drawn to the flexibility of a wood handle stamp, an officer worker may choose a pre-inked stamp for the ease of use. Each type of stamp has its own benefits, so what are they? Let’s break them down.

Why Buy a Wood Handle Stamp?

Wood handle stamps are the most economical option. With each impression, you can choose a different stamp ink color, experimenting with different styles of stamping. But wood handle stamps do require a separate stamp pad and ink, which may become a nuisance if you’re looking for something to make your daily tasks easier. Wood handle stamps are best for hobby stamps and logo stamps.

Why Buy a Self-Inking Stamp?

Self-inking stamps are a more efficient stamp body. As you press the stamp down, the stamp plate flips up and hits an ink pad, before flipping back down and making an impression. This process happens quickly and allows you to stamp multiple papers in fast succession. Self-inking stamps are great for office stamps, signature stamps, and more.

Why Buy a Pre-Inked Stamp?

Pre-inked stamps are consistent and easy-to-use. Simply remove the cap and press the stamp onto whatever surface you need to stamp. With a pre-inked stamp, you can make 50,000+ impressions before needing to re-ink. If you’ve never re-inked a stamp before, check out our guide on how to re-ink a stamp. We walk you through the process step-by-step to make it quick and easy for you.


No matter what your task is there is a stamp body for you. Easily choose what kind of stamp you’re looking for and decide on the best stamp body from there. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our customer service team. We are happy to help with any questions you may have.

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