After only 21 years, I have to replace my stamp. When I was first licensed, I purchased a trodat self-inking stamp from a local print supply shop. I thought it was so cool because pressing from the top, the stamp rotated off of a self-inking pad to face downward and press flat on the paper. So high-tech compared to my mentors old ink pad tin that they had to remove the lid, press the stamp into the ink pad and then stamp drawings.
The mechanics are still fine, but the rubber stamp portion has worn out enough that a corner broke off. I haven't got a clue of if that is a long lasting stamp or if it broke too early. But 21 years seems a pretty long time.
I know I'm not nearly the oldest fogey on the board.
So who has the oldest stamp still in use? Not counting embossers as they should last much longer!
I've been licensed 41 years, but I tend to replace my stamp every ten years.
Only recently did I start signing by digital signature, before that, it was required to have a embossed raised seal, we were never allowed to use an ink stamp in NJ.
Sounds like you've been "rubber stamping" too much and wore it out. Just kidding. You have the highest standards of excellence. I got lucky on a stamp I bought from A-plus that I think is the most consistent. The ink pad is built in behind/above the stamp. You place the unit where you want to stamp, push down and a freshly inked stamp extends down onto the paper. To refresh the ink every year or two, turn it upside down and use an ink bottle to drip ink on it.
Been licensed for a decade or so and I have NEVER used my physical stamp. It sits in my desk and gets dusty.