New £10 Note Design Revealed

Able Engraving and Design eagerly awaits the new look £10 note, due for public release in September 2017

Jane Austen (coloured version), now on the new £10 note.

Jane Austen: famous author and the face of our new £10 notes.

Have you got used to the new fivers yet? We seem to have got over the plasticky feel, or the craze of selling some specimens on eBay due to some inconsistencies. From September 2017, this will be joined by a new wave of similarly plasticky £10 notes. The new £10 note design was revealed in a press conference on the 18 July at Winchester Cathedral, by the Bank of England’s Chief Governor, Mark Carney.

In place of Charles Darwin on the new notes, Jane Austen will be seen. Some early specimens had Jane Austen in a happier pose than the more ‘usual’ sour faced pose. A move which has appalled historians. Some sources have stated how early specimens of the new tenner were similar to the new £5 notes. There will be a new tactile feature, to help visually impaired people. Winchester Cathedral was chosen for its launch as it was Jane Austen’s final resting place. The new note was revealed live on the Bank of England’s YouTube channel.

In previous years, Jane Austen has been a source of inspiration for stamps as well as television adaptations for her novels. Postage stamps have had illustrations of characters from her literary works. The Royal Mail issued a set of stamps in 1975. There had been plans for a new look £10 note since 2013.

The present £10 note, featuring Charles Darwin, will be taken out of circulation at the end of 2018. No date has been confirmed as yet. If you’ve still got some old pound coins knocking about, you have until the 15 October to get them spent. After that, they should be handed into your local bank.

Able Engraving and Design, 18 July 2017.

Laser Etched KFC Phone, Anyone?

Why 5,000 Huawei smartphones will be available in red, with a laser etched Colonel Sanders on the rear

Laser Etched KFC image by Tupungato (via Shutterstock).

Today’s smartphones use NFC to find your nearest KFC, but Huawei’s limited edition handset will enable you to do just that. In red. With Colonel Sanders on the back. Image by Tupungato (via Shutterstock).

If you like your chicken Kentucky style, there is nothing better than a night in with a Bargain Bucket or a Family Feast. With your favourite television programme or film. Today, we have learned about the latest must-have item for fans of KFC. You can now get a smartphone with a laser etched Colonel Sanders on the rear.

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The Rise of Laser Engraving

Why is laser engraving rising in popularity?

Rise of laser engraving image by Andrey Armyagov (via Shutterstock).

Sparks will fly: laser engraving is more the norm instead of the exception. Image by Andrey Armyagov (via Shutterstock).

Laser engraving: we at Able Engraving and Design swear by this method. For many materials and applications, it has moved from a flight of fancy to a necessity. How? Firstly, the affordability of personal computers. This, and any interface with a laser etching machine, allows for a greater variety of designs. Here’s our look at why laser engraved plaques and other objects have risen in popularity. Continue reading

New Coins for Russia 2018 World Cup

Commemorative coins launched for next year’s World Cup in Russia

The inspiration behind four commemorative coins: 2018 World Cup image by Alexeyart (via Shutterstock).

Less than 50 weeks to go till the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. Image by Alexeyart (via Shutterstock).

Firstly, here’s two footballing dates for your diary: the 12 August 2017, and the 14 June 2018. The first date is the start of the Barclays Premier League, whereas the second date is the start of the World Cup Finals. Next year’s World Cup Finals will be taking place in Russia, and the Central Bank of Russia has launched a set of commemorative coins.

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In Video: Stainless Steel Engraving Clips

A selection of carefully curated selection of stainless steel engraving clips using several engraving methods

Stainless steel engraving image by Seeshooteatrepeat (via Shutterstock).

Stainless steel engraving with water pressure cutting methods. Image by Seeshooteatrepeat (via Shutterstock).

A stainless steel engraving using any method looks effective, whether by laser beam, die cutting or water pressure. Whether a family photograph or a corporate logo, the results are pleasing to the eye. A stainless steel plaque has an air of permanence and security. With the handiwork of Able Engraving and Design, something to treasure.

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Third Gerald Valck Map Found

One of three engraved maps by Gerald Valck found beneath the chimney of Drumnahoy House

Gerald Valck map from the Boston Public Library collection.

One of three surviving maps by Gerald Valck, from the Boston Public Library collection.

You may remember the final episode of the three-part Only Fools and Horses 1996 Christmas Special entitled Time on our Hands. After several episodes of Del and Rodney saying “this time next year, we’ll be millionaires”, the brothers find they’ve been holding onto a fortune for fifteen years. That of a rare J. Harrison pocket watch. A real life equivalent of this was found early this week: one of three engraved maps by Gerald Valck.

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Laser Etched Veg, Anyone?

How a Swedish supermarket chain is eschewing plastic film wrap in favour of laser etched fruit and vegetables

Laser etched coconuts image by Tim UR (via Shutterstock).

I’ve got a lovely bunch of laser etched coconuts… Could ICA’s experiment be a success and move on from where Marks and Spencer left off? Image by Tim UR (via Shutterstock).

The Cavendish banana, a Honeydew melon, and a Jaffa orange: you could say these fruit varieties come in their own packaging. It is their thick skin, which is why they can be bought loosely. Sometimes, your favourite supermarket chain insists on giving them extra packaging. Cardboard packaging is very much a necessity for many businesses who use postal and cardboard tubes to deliver their products in. In Sweden, the ICA supermarket chain have come up with another plan: laser etching. This is in cooperation with Dutch food supplier, Nature and More. Continue reading

Winton Memorial’s Spelling Error

Elementary spelling error noticed on plaque in memorial gardens dedicated to Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton image by Michal Kalasek (via Shutterstock).

The British Schindler: Sir Nicholas Winton, commemorated with his own memorial gardens in Oaken Grove Park, Furze Platt, Maidenhead. Image by Michal Kalasek, 2011 (via Shutterstock).

Before his death at the ripe old age of 106 in 2015, Sir Nicholas Winton was known as The British Schindler. Before the Second World War, he orchestrated the evacuation of 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to London. Shortly after his death, his memory will be commemorated by a memorial gardens in Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead. On the engraved plaque, there was a spelling error.

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Passport Printing Pays for De La Rue

Could Brexit factor be boosting De La Rue’s passport printing business?

Passport control image by 1000Words (via Shutterstock).

A Licence to Print Passports: authentication and identity related products have paid dividends for De La Rue. London Heathrow airport passport control image by 1000 Words (via Shutterstock).

Over the last year, the results of June 2016’s EU Membership referendum have made for an uncertain time for businesses. For some companies, Brexit hasn’t been about doom and gloom. De La Rue have had a pretty good 2016 – 17, especially in the field of passport printing.

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In Video: Traffolyte Engraving

A selection of Traffolyte engraving clips, detailing the process, and how Traffolyte signs are engraved

120V AC Warning Sign, created with Traffolyte engraving techniques

Just to recap, Traffolyte engraving is so-called after the birthplace of the method: Trafford Park Industrial Estate. The plastic was originally derived from phenolic plastic sheets. There are standard colours with, for example, a Traffolyte sign being made of a top and bottom red layer. Like a liquorice allsort or a strawberry split ice lolly, it has a ‘bit in the middle’. For arguments sake, this may be white. Text is die cut onto the top and bottom layers of the ‘sandwich’.

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