Recently, I ordered a stamp from a company that is an oldie but a goodie - Meer Image. It's one of those small stamp companies that has been around forever, plodding away, doing what they do. The recent email introduced a new compass design. There was a discount to pre-order it. I love compasses, and this one was really nice. So I ordered it. In the past, most of what I have bought from Meer Image has been unmounted. I had forgotten what it's like to hold quality in my hand.
And this is quality you just don't see anymore. The image is a great design. The wood is nicely finished. Steven's initials are on the stamp. The company name is burned (?) into the wood. (I assume it is burned, as it reminds me of watching them burn the logo into the Louisville Slugger baseball bats at the local museum and factory.) The red rubber is finely detailed and stamps perfectly. Quality all the way. Even the paper it was packed in was a piece of drawing paper from one of Steven's figure drawing sessions. It made me feel special just opening the package!
There are still some businesses and companies that produce a quality product, but it's sad that something like this stands out to me, rather than being the norm.
At any rate, I will really enjoy using this compass. I won't lose my way with this one!!