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#330126 - 03/21/07 10:38 PM Chinese "Name Stamp" ???
Ronin1966 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
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Hello:

Many years ago there was discussion I found quite by accident online (forgotten url) but which spoke of Chinese/Japanese "Name Stamps"... often used on martial arts certificates, and other things.

Can anyone recommend a site/artisan who does them decently well, and perhaps affordably???

Jeff

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#330127 - 03/21/07 11:24 PM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: Ronin1966]
Gaijinja Offline
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They're called "Hanko" in Japanese. There are different styles, depending on what you want. For example, round ones are used in place of a personal signature on legal documents and such. Square ones are used to represent an official nature. You'll also either need to decide on whether you want your name in Kanji or Katakana. If you want it in Kanji, you'll have to decide on what Kanji you want. Unfortunately, I don't know any online places for it, but I'm sure you can find one. The expensiveness is usually govern by whether it's hand done, and the material the stamp is made of. Also the size of the stamp adds to the price. I got a costume made one (my Kanji are not a common name in Japanese, since it reflects my English name)from a Japanese department store for about 40 bucks.
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#330128 - 03/22/07 01:00 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: Ronin1966]
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Depends on what "affordable" means.... If you're into DIY, you can try your hand at doing it out of soap stone. I've carved a few myself and it's fairly easy with softer material like soap stone.

Or try http://www.asianbrushart.com/seals.html
Or google custom carved seals

Translation services are usually extra though.

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#330129 - 03/22/07 01:03 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: Ronin1966]
hedkikr Offline
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If you're not Chinese or Japanese, why would you want one?

That's about as silly as a Japanese or Chinese in a kilt.

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#330130 - 03/22/07 04:30 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: hedkikr]
ashe_higgs Offline
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in chinese they're called "chops". and you might want one to seal student certificates. it looks really nice.

check these guys out.

good stamp

they'll do all the translation for you and include a certificate.

they even have a "martial arts / dojo" package. not exactly cheap though.
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#330131 - 03/22/07 04:56 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: hedkikr]
Taison Offline
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Agreed with Hedkikr.

If you're Westerner just go with the normal signature in my opinion.

Actually, that'd be quite funny though. A Japanese in kilt.

-Taison out
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#330132 - 03/22/07 08:45 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: hedkikr]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Hello Hedkikr:

<<That's about as silly as a Japanese or Chinese in a kilt.

Did not know they had them ...

Good point,
Jeff

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#330133 - 03/22/07 08:52 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: ashe_higgs]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Hello Ashe Higgs:

First, thank you for contributing... ! Saw their site... hoping to do some meaningful comparison shopping...

Jeff

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#330134 - 03/22/07 09:05 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: eyrie]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Hello Eyrie:

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Now I can compare a few... hopefully a few others might be offered as well...


Jeff

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#330135 - 03/22/07 09:27 AM Re: Chinese "Name Stamp" ??? [Re: Gaijinja]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Hello Gaijinja:

A pleasure to meet you...

Ok, of the two styles you mentioned they seem.... nearly identical... to this gaijin at least!? In your view why one instead of another...

On for example a promotion certificate using the Kyu-dan ranking method versus the elder Menkyo method? Formal certainly, and... yet also "legal" from a couple of perspectives. Which would be the more appropriate in such a circumstance?

<<Katakana.

Would a katakana hanko have different implications than using the "simple" Kanji hanko, beyond the pronounciation of course?

Seeking to learn...
Jeff

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