Branding irons

Branding irons are used for permanently marking wood, plastic, rubber and leather items and have also been used to brand foodstuffs such as steak and burger buns.

Steel branding irons are fitted with an insulated handle and heated using an external flame. They are ideal for use in areas without easy access to electricity.

Electrically heated branding irons are heated from a standard UK 240v electric socket. These irons are fitted with a brass die engraved with the design to be branded. Brass dies can be made interchangeable to allow more than one die to be used on the same electric iron.

Electrically heated branding irons are priced according to their size and start at £141.00 for a 25mm diameter or 30 x 16mm sized design up to £874.00 for a design of 300 x 80mm. There are a variety of sizes available in between and all prices are plus postage and VAT.

When branding delicate materials or those with a low melting point, such as plastics (including MDF) or rubber we recommend the use of a voltage controller which will reduce the heat output to the die. This prevents melting and burning of the material and gives the user more control over the branding process.

Trials should be carried out by the user to establish the most effective temperature for branding. The time the die is left in contact with the material (the dwell time) will also affect the clarity and density of the marking. Light pressure on the surface is all that is required and excessive force should be avoided.

Although there is no manufacturer’s guarantee for these items, replacement heating elements can be ordered if required.

Whilst the engraving of complex and intricate designs prevents us with no problems, we recommend that designs for branding are simple and clear to avoid ‘bleed’ from the material creating filling in within a branded image. Lettering should be a minimum of 3mm high and lines a minimum thickness of 1mm. All files should be supplied as they need to look ie black on white, right reading.


  • What material do you wish to brand
  • What type of iron you require – do you have access to mains power
  • What size is the image you want to brand – this is very important to confirm the artwork is the correct size when the file is opened
  • What design is required – please send an artwork file.

Artwork files must be created to outlines (some called vectoring) preferably in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. Some other software can be used but only if the original artwork file is created to outlines.