Japanese people validate day-to-day documents and official forms with hanko, unique personal seals made from wood and other materials. These stamps carry the same weight as signatures do in other countries, they are engraved with the name of the person or organisation. 

Generally round or square in shape, they are wet on red pads of ink called shuniku and pressed onto documents to leave marks known as inkan. 

In Japanese offices personal stamps verify who has viewed in-office announcements and other documents, while managers use their hanko to “sign off” on proposals and authorise documents through levels of hierarchy.

People commonly have three types of hanko: an officially registered seal or jitsuin, a ginkōin for standard bank transactions, and a mitomein for day-to-day use.

Much faster to apply than any signature the use of personal seals dates back more than 600 years.

The skill involved in hand carving these individual designs is incredible, it is fascinating to study the intricate designs at close quarters.

We are pleased to offer three randomly selected vintage wooden Hanko stamps for your interest and personal use (The buyer will need to provide their own ink pad).

Size - each Hanko is approximately 6cm long.

Our photographs illustrate a volume of stamps together for demonstration only. The price below is for just three Hanko stamps, randomly selected. Our stock includes natural coloured Hanko and rarer black Hanko. Your set of three will be all one colour.

£9.99 for three including U.K. postage.

For overseas postage costs please enquire.

Vintage Japanese Hanko Stamps x 3