FAQ about Dual Hanko
How do I choose the size and shape?
There are usually no problems if you choose the round version as long as the names to be engraved contain up to 7 Englishu letters.
Although, even in that case we frankly recommend the square version because it has a wider space for English lettes than the round version, so that it makes English letters bigger and easy to be read.
Also, all the characters will fit inside the frame of the square version, and the square shape makes it easy for people to stamp it straight down.
How do you select the kanji?
Words are pronounced very differently in Japanese and foreign languages.
So in order to come up with Japanese kanji for a foreign-language name, we first convert the foreign-language pronunciation into Japanese pronunciation, and then select and use Japanese kanji that have a similar pronunciation.
For example, if pronounced in Japanese, “Jeffrey” would become “Jiefuri”.
There are many Japanese kanji that are pronounced “Ji”, “E”, “Fu”, and “Ri”, so we take a look at the ones that have these pronunciations and choose kanji with good meanings.
Is the ink pad sold separately?
Yes, the ink pad is sold separately.
But customers who order Dual Hanko at our physical shop (not online) and allow us to post their photos on our Twitter and Facebook accounts will receive a free ink pad as our token of our gratitude.
See below for some photos of people who allowed us to post their photos on our social media and got some ink pads.
What is the correct way to use the stamp?
1, The raised dot on the surface of the Dual Hanko indicates the side that should face up, so place your index finger on top of it.
2, Next, lightly tap the stamp on the surface of the ink pad to apply some ink.
3, Then, before you stamp your Dual Hanko, visually check to make sure that the ink has been applied evenly across the surface of the hanko.
4, It’s also good to put a magazine or notebook underneath the paper you will stamp your hanko on, to act as a cushion.
5, When you stamp your Dual Hanko on the paper, make sure that you apply pressure evenly across the entire surface of the stamp.
Precautions when using Dual Hanko
When you have finished stamping your hanko, use a soft cloth or similar material to wipe off any ink left on the surface of your Dual Hanko, and then put the cap back on.
**However: Never wash your Dual Hanko in water.
Because the Dual Hanko is made of wood, washing it in water may cause it to absorb moisture and expand, which would make it impossible to put the cap back on, or vice-versa, it might become impossible to take the cap off.