When writing in a notebook we are filling it with our personality. When it comes to the book itself, quality notebooks such as the Traveler's notebook or Leuchtturm1917 journals often deserve a personal touch. Gold foiling and cover embellishments have long been used in book binding so at the Bookbinders store we utilise a very special, historic Kingsley Hot Stamping Machine.
In Hollywood California in 1932 Lewis Kingsley, upon seeing the rise of the fountain pen, invented a Hot Stamping Machine to imprint names onto a pen barrel. Along with this he created his own curved typeface appropriately named “fountain pen”. Such a machine required incredible precision and reliability as well as being easy to use.
His machines quickly became highly sought after and his company expanded to offer a host of special accessories allowing the machine to stamp pencils, leather, notebooks, playing cards and even napkins.
Here at Bookbinders we use flat type and follow the same traditional processes when stamping your notebook. We feel the added personal touch can make your item that little bit more special.
While the Kingsley Machines are no longer in production (last produced in the 90's) we use a refurbished 1950's Kingsley Hot Stamping Machine for all our monogramming.
Visit us in store to see this nostalgic machine up close and get a monogram while you wait, or select the monogram option on our site and we will be happy to personalise your notebook.
We follow the steps below when performing each monogram.
We start heating the machine, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the ideal stamping temperature of approximately 250 degrees.
Once you have decided on your monogram we select each letter of type and set it in the type holder. We add blank blocks to fill it up before tightening.
We insert the typeholder into the machine so it can be heated up. Once it's ready we cut a section of foil in your chosen colour and lay it on top of your book. A popular choice is no foil and we instead deboss the letters straight onto the leather for a raw look.
We bring down the handle to apply an even pressure and hold it there for a second.
We remove the excess foil to reveal your new monogram.
Find out which items we can monogram here.