Our magnesium dies have been used in a wide varity of applications over the years. They have been widely used in the printing industry for hot foil stamping, embossing and letterpress printing. They also make a very effective stamp for imprinting leather (click here for our Leather Stamp page).. Other common uses are as patterns for casting, rubber stamp masters, Pantograph Masters, jewelry patterns, wax stamps and pottery stamps. If you have another application in mind, contact us and we would be happy to let you know if it might work. We can often send you a free sample of material for you to test if needed.
1/4" magnesium dies are most commonly used in the printing industry for foil stamping and blind embossing.
We also stock 11 point and 16 gauge that can be mounted type high if needed for your equipment or application.
Our letterpress dies can be mounted type high on a wood or metal base if needed for your application.
We make 16 Gauge or 11 Point for a deeper image for those times when you need to "crash" imprint.
Magnesium dies should be cleaned and dried, then add a light coating of a spray on oil to the surface. They should be placed in an air tight bag or wrapped in plastic wrap to help prevent corrosion.
Phillips Engraving was founded by Mark Phillips. In 1945 he purchased Lotus Engraving and Photographic in Atchison, Kansas, which he renamed Phillips Engraving and moved to Springfield, Missouri in April of 1947.
Some of the early customers were Sweetheart Cup Company, Gospel Publishing House and Rock Tenn Company along with many of the local printing companies that are still customers today.
J.C. Porterfield began working for Phillips in 1959 bringing with him four years of experience as a photoengraver from Box Engraving in Paducah, Kentucky. In 1981, after 22 years of service, J.C. purchased the business from the retiring Phillips. In 1981, his son, David Porterfield, joined the Phillips team and became President in 1995 when his father went into semi-retirement. In 2001 he purchased the business from Angie Porterfield after the passing of J.C. Porterfield.
We are proud of our heritage and the tradition of customer service that has been and will continue to be Phillips Engraving.