Would you consider buying this Kingsley Hotstamp Machine?

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Yeah I hope some chipper does and revives the hot-stamp chip culture. I unfortunately don't have enough knowledge about hot-stamping to know if everything you need is there. I don't have that much gamble in me.
 

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There are a few machines that look decent for sale. I think the big problem is not knowing how and getting custom stamps made. I'd be cool if there were 3-4 guys who went in on one and figured it out together. The machine would easily pay for itself if we figured out how to do it. The demand for stamps is very strong.
 

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Yeah I hope some chipper does and revives the hot-stamp chip culture. I unfortunately don't have enough knowledge about hot-stamping to know if everything you need is there. I don't have that much gamble in me.

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There are a few machines that look decent for sale. I think the big problem is not knowing how and getting custom stamps made. I'd be cool if there were 3-4 guys who went in on one and figured it out together. The machine would easily pay for itself if we figured out how to do it. The demand for stamps is very strong.

I would consider it as well. I have zero knowledge about hot stamping.........well, other than they can be damn sexy!!!
 

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I would be on this in a second if I had the funds. I would love to do hot-stamped chips. I just don't know how to create dies for the stamps.
 

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don't know how to create dies for the stamps.

This seems to be the most asked question about hot stamping; other than "who still does it"; and the most unanswered.... If someone knows it would be nice to know what goes into making a die, and who can do it, and roughly how much they cost to make.
 

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wouldn't buy it, but would definitely encourage someone here, too. hotstamping is, unfortunately, a dying art.
 

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Maybe cgraham86 would be willing to sell his and pass on his knowledge? We've been messaging a little but he's slow to respond and seems uninterested in stamping and creating new dies.
 

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I believe that machine is meant for type-setting, not using dies.


I don't know if it can be used to hot-stamp chips - I did not watch the whole video.
 

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There are several machines available now. I'm just curious if this is a direction to go. Maybe a few of us can learn to do it if we get the correct machine and a decent set of fonts on some dies.
 

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It would be nice if the ad included pics of chips that had been stamped.
Actually he doesn't say its for chips.
What can you hot-stamp with this thing?
Are there special machines just for stamping poker chips?
 

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There are several Kingsley machines on eBay right now, with a wide range of pricetags. At least some (if not all) of the aftermarket hand-stampers use Kingsley equipment. Not an expert, though - I don't even know if Kingsley makes different types of stamping machines, or what's a good resale price, or if the stampers all now regret making their previous investment, or even what I'm having for dinner.
 

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I presume that there is some sort of holder you would need for the chip. Other than that it is about getting the die in place and making sure the temperature is right. If there is a chipper who is finished with their hot stamping days I would love to learn the practice and buy their stuff
 

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I would love to own one and try it but the market for hotstamps seems to come and go a lot. Also no ones shipping their chips to Oz just for stamping.
 

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We should try to get in touch with cgraham and see what goes into getting custom dies made. There are lots and lots of T-mold blanks out there just looking for stamps.
 

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cgraham is holding onto some "Castle Casino" dies that I had made. If someone were to buy his equipment, they can have these dies too.
 

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I went researching and found some places that will make custom dies for you. I assume that getting them in the right sizes and figuring out how to properly center the stamp on the chip would be the most difficult part.
 

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I have a kingsley machine. I've only hot stamped a few hundred chips though.

When I bought it, I said I would only be doing it for my own personal use. I have no interest in stamping for others.

This isn't out of greed or anything, it's just a few things:

a) It takes time to hot stamp. Time is unfortunately, at a premium quite often for me.
b) It takes practice. And I don't want to practice on other people's chips.
c) I am prepared for failures (for my own chips.) I will make sure that I have enough extras in case that I screw something up. I can't expect others to send me a surplus in case of errors.

That said, it was quite therapeutic stamping the chips. Scraping them afterwards was much less therapeutic, and more of a pain in the ass.

Mike
 

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suckoutking was a great hot stamper, he did work for Jim at the chiproom, and a great set of asm hhr's for me. Like others he got tired of it and gave it up.
 
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