What is a self-inking date stamp?

Affixing receipt and dispatch dates on documents is a standard procedure in Australian government departments and corporate offices. Self-inking dates are generally referred to as some legal procedures applicable to these departments and firms. Failure to produce evidence that relates to these dates attract penalties and legal action. In this regard, these organizations strive to take the utmost care to make sure they affix dates in their records and correspondence. In a nutshell, Self-inking date stamp is mechanical devices used for imprinting such dates.


While traditional stamps would require ink pads, they will be practically useless if used without such an additional kit. The self-inking date stamp is now even more efficient since these organizations can use sleeker devices developed with the inbuilt self-inking mechanism. These date stamps are often made of metals or plastics, unlike the traditional date stamps which were made of wood. These self-inking date stamps have a small replaceable ink pad, and if the device is not being used, the date stamps die and rest on the inbuilt ink pad. However, the spring mechanism will move this ink pad aside when pressed. The plastic cover is used purposely to prevent drying of ink.


Just like rubber date stamps, you can also use the same mechanism to change the dates in self-inking pads. They have six to eight flat rubber bands labeled with single-digit numbers, i.e. 0 to 9 carved on them. The bands used on these date stamps are loaded on separate cylinders that can be rotated. The combination of numbers used on bands allows you to set the required date, month and year without hassle. Such a mechanism enables the representation of different formats like date, month and year, or year, month and date. Besides bands, there are also die pieces such as “Faxed” and “Confidential” with self-inking date stamps. These phrases are useful in tracing and organizing documents.

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