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Blog entry by PAJA posted 101 days ago 928 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I had a logo drawn up for me. After years of just simply signing my initials in sharpie and/or inlaying a Montana quarter, I was going to finally bite the bullet and have a custom stamp made (not like a rubber stamp, but more of an embossing imprint). The starting price on the site was around $160. Pretty steep but sure would be really cool to finally have one. After sending them my info for a quote I was taken aback by the $380 price tag for my 1 1/4” logo. That’s when decided I could settle for a custom branding iron. That would take me back around the $160 – $180 range. While shopping prices and ideas I ran across a shop that was selling vintage Japanese branding irons. Pretty fitting since I was in the middle of making a Japanses style box for a friend. At $15 a pop and $4.00 shipping + $2.50 for each additional it was well worth buying 3 to try out. Here’s what came in the mail in under two weeks from Japan to Montana!

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"



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tomd

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#1 posted 101 days ago

That is a great idea, I can’t make out the coin is that a quarter ? I think you made a real nice find.

-- Tom D

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clieb91

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#2 posted 101 days ago

Neat find. Like the hot plate idea for warming them up.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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PAJA

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#3 posted 101 days ago

Yes that is a quarter in the photos. Great size for a branding iron head.
The hot plate idea came from a fellow LJ who I wish I could credit. I read the idea before I thought I was interested in branding irons. The heads had to be sanded a bit so they would sit flat. The hot plate evenly heats the head while not getting it too hot.

Thanks for looking

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"

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JKMDETAIL

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#4 posted 98 days ago

Great Idea….now what do they mean?

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whitewulf

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#5 posted 98 days ago

I was hoping someone would ask. ;-)

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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PAJA

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#6 posted 97 days ago

Well…. I’m guessing buying a branding iron is much like getting a tattoo in another language. I’m not sure what they say for sure. But these are some of the descriptions from the seller. (A Canadian lady living in Japan and married to a Japanese man).

“This is a vintage branding iron called a “yakiin”. These were/are used on wood, leather…food…anything you want to brand.”

The “P” I got simply because it looks like my first initial.

This is the description it came with-

The katakana syllable ア (a), whose equivalent in hiragana is あ (a). It is the first syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is ア行ア段 (A-gyō, A-dan; “row A, section A”).”

The katakana syllable ラ (ra), whose equivalent in hiragana is ら (ra). It is the thirty-ninth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is ラ行ア段 (RA-gyō, A-dan; “row RA, section A”).

The third one is my favorite and an awesome tongue in cheek way to brand my creations.

“This is “shiba” which means “firewood, fuel, brushwood”.

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"

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