This is another post on the problem of marking my reels. In the spirit of “divide and conquer”, I have decided to put just the initials “NB” on the external screw head, and the sequence number somewhere inside the reel, perhaps with stamps.
Having the same “NB” on every reel lets me consider electrochemical etching, which I expect will make a dark impression. Also, I can make a real logo rather than just a couple of standard text characters. So here is my artwork, for which I am seeking a stencil.
My tool for making this was Microsoft Paint. Had to do careful arithmetic on pixel numbers, and delicate positioning of the mouse.
I notice the top interior corner of the “B” is sharp, while the bottom interior corner is rounded. Was this deliberate? Seems a little inconsistent.
In fact, I did a little research on letter forms and then took as my model Figure 9 of http://www.kellscraft.com/EssentialsofLettering/EssentialsofLetteringCh02.html
Another instance of this influence is the lack of a serif on one corner of the N.
Of course, I did not follow Roman geometry in many details; strokes are all one width, serifs are wrong shape, etc.