Difference Between Pre-Inked and Self Inking Stamps

There are a variety of styles available for each type of hand-held stamp.

These include Traditional Rubber Stamps that require a separate ink pad, Pre-Inked Stamps and Self-Inking Stamps.

Both pre-inked and self-inking are cleaner and make faster, more consistent impressions than traditional rubber stamps.

What Is The Main Difference Between Pre-Inked And Self-Inking Stamps?

Pre-Inked Stamps :

A Pre-Inked Stamp has the ink reservoir behind the stamp that you fill with oil-based ink. 

Pre-Inked Stamps are more expensive ( But Not Expensive with Infinity Prints ) because they last longer without needing to be re-inked.

They are beneficial for imprints that contain intricate details like logos because provide the highest quality image

A Pre-Inked Stamp does not use a rubber die. These models flash your personalise information into an ink filled vessel within the stamp. This method allows for ink droplets to seep through the impression area only from the ink reservoir behind the stamp.

Pre-inked stamps must be re-inked with liquid ink only. They require the use of the same colour of the initial stamp. You must use ink specific to the manufacturer of the stamp mount that you've chosen.

  • Creates very sharp, crisp top quality images every time
  • Longest lasting stamps with up to 50,000 impressions
  • Compact mounts that are clean and easy to work with
  • Mounts have a bottom cover for storing
  • Easy to re-fill with ink, but must always use the same type
  • Recommended for stamps with logos

Self-Inking Stamp : 

A Self-Inking Stamp has a built-in water-based ink pad that re-inks every time an impression is made.

Self-Inking Stamps are little affordable, They do require periodic re-inking, but they can be used with a variety of inks.

A Self-Inking Stamp makes the traditional rubber stamp automatic by using a tiny built-in ink pad to re-ink itself for each quality impression.

Your personalised die is made with real rubber and mounted on the stamp of your choosing. When making an impression, your die will retract back and forth against the internal ink pad within the stamp.

Initial ink pad comes in the stamp, but you can purchase additional ink for instances where impressions are becoming worn or when you would like to change your ink colour. Just be sure to look for ink that is compatible with self-inking mounts.

  • Works quickly with a simple press
  • Can handle rough and heavy use
  • Can use a variety of inks which is useful for periodic re-inking
  • Self-inking stamps make about 10,000 impressions before needing ink
  • Easy to re-fill ink on your own
  • Affordable good quality impression


Pre-Inked Stamps are the Best Stamps when compared to Self-Inking Stamps. Pre-Inked Stamps are Affordable, Creates very sharp, crisp top quality images every time and has longest lasting stamps with up to 50,000 impressions. Which gives the most value for money investment. 


Infinity Prints give our customers more choice when it comes to offering the right Pre-Inked Flash stamps fitting your needs. 

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