Hanko – Seals

Where we use a personal signature, people of Japan, China and Korea use stamps, called JITSU-IN (japanese) or, if not registered, MITOME-IN, which is commonly called HANKO, simply meaning stamp. A MITOME-IN is nowadays produced by machines and its characteristics are clean, clear lines without much of an aesthetic charm. In Japan, you can buy stamps for the most common surnames in every stationary shop, made out of wood, horn, ivory or, in many cases, plastic. The JITSU-IN and GINKO-IN (bank seals) have to be protected from abuse, so they are made manually by stamp makers.
My stamps are all RAKKAN-IN, stamps for signing artworks and certificates.

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The world of Hanko

Even though the so-called seal font TENSHO is standard, it is not an unchangeable rule. If you prefer the elegance of the cursive writing or the boldness of the chancellery font, I can make you some drafts to choose from.

Korean Hangul letters

Name seal, Florian Treichel

Picture and japanese kanji

Tiger and dragon

Motive seal

Selfportrait with the katakana for 'pe'

Chancellery font in gingko leaf


Tensho stamp font, ying and yang set

Elegance and beauty

Sosho cursive font, ying and yang set

Elegance and beauty

Sample works

Motive seal

Leo, Ying

Big stamp

old saying


Padouk and chinese stamp stone

Stamps out of Maple

Speckled maple wood with inlay

Brush rest

Double function artist stamp, Iroco wood


Black korean stamp stone with inlay

Yang stamp

Kotobuki - best wishes or long life, used for congratulations


False Turquoise stamp made out of dyed limestone



from 50 €

  • 10-49 mm width
  • stone and wood
  • handcrafted
  • individual inscription
  • consultation
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from 7 €

  • Ink pads
  • Refill ink
  • Cases and pouches
  • Square
  • Sets
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choose your name

Name list

  • beautiful meanings
  • native speaker prooved
  • German names
  • English names
  • French names
Name list

"I know nothing but contentment."

Motto of the tea cult master Sen no Rikkyu

"Where there is laughter, happiness will reside."

Japanese saying

"Harmony – respect – purity – simplicity"

The four principles of the tea cult

about me

I was born 1953 in Germany. As a young man, I lived in Japan for 6 years to learn Aikido and japanese calligraphy, SHODO, which forms the basis for stamp crafting. Thanks to my teachers, especially Master Nangaku Kawamata from Mito, I was able to specialize in stamp carving as my own way to practice SHODO. Now I am living and working in Japan again, on the countryside near Nagano-City. My wife and I also grow organic rice, fruits and vegetables.