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Choosing the Right Pin: Soft Enamel vs. Die Struck Pins

In this blog, we delve into the nuances between soft enamel pins and die-struck pins and how to choose the best one for your custom pin needs; discovering the distinctive characteristics, benefits, and which one is the right one for you.

In this blog, we delve into the nuances between soft enamel pins and die-struck pins and how to choose the best one for your custom pin needs; discovering the distinctive characteristics, benefits, and which one is the right one for you. 


Pins With a Rich History and Where They Stand Today

With a rich and evolved history, pins have evolved into a form of self-expression and a tool for branding and marketing. Pins have become cherished collectibles for people everywhere. From classic and timeless die-struck pins to contemporary charm of soft enamel, today we will delve into these two pin types, their benefits, and their differences. 

While die-struck pins boast longevity in popularity, soft enamel pins have surged in modern appeal, offering a higher perceived value. These two pins have a great look for pins that serve different uses or celebrate different things, and in today’s blog we distinguish these things. 


Affordable Versatility & Vintage Appeal: The Allure of Soft Enamel and Die-Struck Pins

Die-struck and soft enamel pins both have a uniqueness to them that make them look different from one another, making them favored for different purposes. Soft enamel pins seem the most popular pin as of recent years, chosen for their affordability and versatility, as well as their freedom of design. 

With a lower cost compared to cloisonne (also known as hard enamel), custom soft enamel pins allow for extensive customization. They are designed with raised metal borders that are separated with color fill enamel. These raised and recessed areas add an eye-catching effect, making them sought out and suitable for various uses including merchandise, promotional items, gifts, and collectible items for fandoms and conventions.

On the other hand, die-struck pins allow one to prioritize high-quality detail, durability, and a vintage look to their custom pins. Getting their name from their manufacturing process, these pins are made by using a custom “die” to stamp your design into the metal, it’s how pins have been made for centuries. 

Die-struck pins are beloved for logo pins, years of service pins, military pins, and more. They are popular due to their sleek, classic look and known for their resistance to wear and tear. Die-struck pins offer versatility in terms of size, shape, colors, plating options, and more, providing a sleek and modern look.

Debating Your Options and Deciding on Your Custom Pins

When creating your own custom pins, the process of deciding whether to go with soft enamel or die-struck comes down to various factors. If you’re a bit more budget-conscious but want bright and colorful, you may sway towards soft enamel pins as they allow both bold, bright designs and affordability. 


If you’re wanting pins that exude a timelessness and intricacy, die-struck pins may be the better option for you. For an upgrade, you can also customize your die-struck pins to come antiqued, giving them an extra shine. Durability becomes a deciding factor, with die-struck pins being denser and more resistant to wear and tear. 

Filling Out a Free Quote and Beginning Your Custom Pin Journey

Customizing your pins can be intimidating to those who don’t have a design ready in mind, luckily at All About Pins, we have experienced representatives and talented graphic artists that are ready to bring your ideas to life, even if you haven’t thought of what your design looks like yet. 

With our easy online quote form, you can fill out a free quote today and upload a drawing of your design or describe what kind of design you would like and we will get back to you within a few days with a free quote and proof, that you can revise for free as many times as needed. You can also give us a call to speak with one of our representatives, answering any questions you may have and also they can bounce ideas around with you about your custom pin designs. 

Design Your Custom Pins with All About Pins Today!

In conclusion, the choice between soft enamel and die-struck pins ultimately depends on individual preferences, project requirements, and budget considerations. All About Pins stands as your trusted partner in this pin journey, offering unparalleled customization options and expert guidance.

Choose your pin type wisely and design your custom pins with All About Pins today!


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