So, you want to get super into the nitty gritty details of the differences between manufactured and handcrafted tokens. Buckle up.
TL;DR: they’re both excellent quality, but Dave doesn’t have to make the manufactured ones.
|Thickness||3.62mm (0.1425in)||3.88mm (0.1528in)|
|Dry Erase Safe||Yes||Yes|
|Wet Erase Safe||Yes||Yes|
|Chalk Marker Safe||Yes||Yes|
|Stack-able-ness / Stickiness||5/5||4.9/5|
|Image Output Resolution (DPI)||600||3200|
|Image Alignment Precision||+/- 0.04in||+/- 0.002in|
|Full Bleed Capabilities||Yes||Yes|
|Can Have Borders?||Not Recommended||Yes|
|Color Profile||More Contrast||More Depth|
Much of this chart & the below details are Tactical Dave’s personal opinion and completely subjective.
Both types of tokens are great. You’ll hardly notice a physical difference between them. The key differences are in the image quality.
Shape & Weight
Virtually no difference between the two.
Manufactured tokens are an indistinguishable amount thicker than handcrafted tokens. We measured a slight difference, but your fingers would have a tough time finding the difference.
Dry Erase, Wet Erase, and Chalk Marker Safe
Stack-able-ness / Stickiness
The handcrafted tokens use a slightly more malleable coating, making them just a tad more stick-able and stack-able.
Both types are strong and can take a beating – we tested.
They can take it all; soda, juice, salsa. You name it. They’ll be fine.
While we don’t recommend storing the tokens this way, both methods are unaffected by being submerged water (at least for 7 days as tested).
Handcrafted tokens still look great, but manufactured tokens are on another level. Probably due to the…
Image Output Resolution (DPI)
The effective resolution of manufactured tokens is over 5x more detailed than handcrafted.
The coatings that seal the token surfaces for both tokens are self healing and of the same resin material.
Image Alignment Precision
Handcrafted tokens as you can guess, aren’t perfect and sometimes suffer from minor misalignment.
Full Bleed Capabilities
Want a cool background for your token? No problem – both methods can be full bleed.
Can Have Borders?
Borders depend heavily on perfect alignment precision, so if you require a border on the token, manufactured is the best choice here.
The manufactured tokens bend and flex a bit more than the handcrafted ones do, which makes them more fun to hold and play with.
Handcrafted tokens tend to have harder lines and darker colors, while manufactured tokens feature richer more vibrant colors.
Despite having completely different construction processes, both types are rock solid.
Cold doesn’t affect the tokens much at all, but my freezer can only get so cold.
We don’t recommend keeping either of the tokens in hot environments, but manufactured tokens performed a bit better in extreme scenarios – like being left in my hot car for too long.