Mon 5 Feb, 2018 12:33 am
How long does a rubber stamp work?
I have never even heard of a rubber stamp wearing out. The ink pads last a long time, too, though you have to re-ink them from time to time.
The most likely wear and tear on a rubber stamp would be the raised letters beginning to tear away from the base layer. That can be remedied by gluing it back on, but you want to use something flexible rather than something rigid, such as what is called rubber cement. Rubber stamps are so durable, though, that if you had to glue it back together, the bottle of rubber cement would probably dry out before the next time it were needed. I've seen rubber stamps begin to separate, and have glued them back together--but if the raised letters come off altogether, it's not worth the effort--just have a new one cut.
One office I worked in had a rubber stamp like this:
It was so old, that the store label didn't have a zip code or an area code on it. That suggests that the stamp was cut in the early 1950s or even the 1940s.
We have "Trodat" brand stamps in our office that are used every day about 200 times each. They are mechanical self inking and I had them made in 2012. Still going well.