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Am I crazy or is $40 for a James Linnell 1/2" stamp seem a bit steep for a single stamp? I thought Tandy was bad at $27 for their top of the line stamps...

Is there an alternative source for the dragon scale patterns? If I were to spend that much on a single stamp, I would end up stamping EVERYTHING with it to justify the cost... LOL

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$40 is not expensive for a quality stamp in my book. Linnell stamps are a completely different class of quality than anything Tandy has put out since the 60's. If $40 bothers you don't bother looking at any of Bob Beards stamps...

 However, for some very nice quality stamps for Dragon scale look up Sergey Neskromniy on Facebook

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Designing, prototyping, manufacturing and retailing a tool to a small, niche market can be surprisingly expensive. The setup costs (which will be similar if you sell 10 or 1000) are spread across far fewer customers so the unit cost simply has to be higher. Those stamping tools look to my untrained eye to be very carefully made -- there's crisp lines where you want them and the (for want of a better term) drafting angles are varied, smooth, and in places curved and radiused. In other words, made with care and skill, which are expensive.

Commission a die engraver to make you one of these and he'll probably charge you more than $40 just for the quote ;-)

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1 hour ago, Mark842 said:

$40 is not expensive for a quality stamp in my book. Linnell stamps are a completely different class of quality than anything Tandy has put out since the 60's. If $40 bothers you don't bother looking at any of Bob Beards stamps...

 However, for some very nice quality stamps for Dragon scale look up Sergey Neskromniy on Facebook

I’ve got one of  Sergey’s dragon scale stamps and it works like a charm!

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Sergey is much cheaper than Jim Linnell and he was the originator of that and many other stamps that are now being copied by others.  I have many stamps by Sergey and they are quite nice.  However, top level stamps are $$$ and usually you get what you pay for.  Sergey is the exception and its because his production methods are cheaper with brass with a steel handle vs an all steel stamp.

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