Giving Thanks for the 400th Time

Although nine other countries in the world have thanksgiving celebrations, the U.S. holiday is unique in the aspect that along with being a day of giving thanks, it is also tied to the earliest period of our country. It is not only a national holiday but a prominent moment in American history, that is still taught in schools.  

Since 1621, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving, but it did not become an official US holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln made the last Thursday of November the day the country celebrates the event. This date has remained the same ever since, except in 1940 and 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to move the celebration to the third Thursday of the month for commercial reasons. This change was not received well and was short-lived.

The question of where the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in the United States has been a subject of debate, between New England and Virginia. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy attempted to find a compromise between the claims, by issuing a proclamation, “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.”

So on this, the 400th year of Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. let us all take a moment to be thankful. It can be easy sometimes to overlook how fortunate most of us are in the United States, especially with all that has gone on over the past couple of years. But, if you take a moment, I am sure we can all find many things to be thankful for, families, friends, pets, health, happiness… Whatever it may be, be sure to acknowledge the blessings and gifts that you and your family have.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Last year around this time, Bob Ally, our President and CEO, bravely spoke about his personal bout with cancer. Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of his thoughts and that the struggle to eradicate cancer continues to this day. Above is a shortened version of the previous video we posted on this blog, where Bob tells his story.

Cancer is such a devastating disease. It affects not only the individual but those around them. Sadly, most of us know someone close to us who has been impacted by cancer; I know I have. My grandma had breast cancer, as did my Auntie – both made it through, I’m happy to say. A good friend survived Hodgkin lymphoma. I had another Auntie pass away from melanoma several years ago, which was tragic for all of us, including her son, who was barely entering adulthood at the time. And, in the past year, my dad dealt with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is currently in remission but will be closely monitored for the foreseeable future.

This is the unforgiving nature of cancer. We’re thrilled to report, however, that Bob remains cancer-free after eight years. We have posted the following link to the American Cancer Society. Please join us in donating to cancer research so that we can help out others, like Bob.

– Joshua Musial, Order Processing Supervisor/Marketing Assistant

The Heart of a Contender

As I am sure you are now aware, the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Championship. What makes this achievement noteworthy, besides Giannis Antetokounmpo’s amazing performance, is that the last time the Bucks won a championship was in 1971. That’s 50 years, a half-century, 5 decades, 18,250 days. Any way you write it, it is a long time coming.

What we can learn from the Bucks feat is that if you stay committed and focused on your goal and work hard, good things will come your way. Of course, there will be setbacks, and it may take longer than you initially planned. Ask the Bucks, but yet, here they are champions once again.

Now not everyone can be THEE champion, but that isn’t always the most important thing. When I was younger, I was a motocross racer; I loved everything about it, the bikes, the sounds, the smells, the competition, the excitement, the risk involved, all of it. Well…maybe not exactly all of it. One season there was this other rider. I can’t remember his first name, but I’m pretty sure his last name was Juba, as I saw it on the back of his jersey more times than I care to remember. I could NEVER beat this guy (unless he fell off or broke down); it became a bit of an obsession for me to beat him, if just once.

I watched him ride at every opportunity. During practice, I would always try to follow him to learn his braking points, his corner entrance and exit speeds, how far he would clear a jump, the lines he would take. Anything I could glean that would benefit me, along with my own hours of practicing. As the season moved on, I took what I learned and steadily got closer and closer. When the season had finally ended, I still had not beat Juba…not even once. The following season he moved on to another race class, and we would never compete against each other again.

Now I know what you are thinking; that doesn’t seem like much of a success story. At first glance, it may not appear to be one, as my total dedication to one goal had not been realized. But, what was achieved is more important than one race win. From this experience, I became a better rider, and the following season was more successful than any prior. I also learned patience and respect. So if you do experience initial setbacks, keep going, find ways to learn from them, and try new techniques and ideas. In the end, you may not be the champion of the world, but being the best you can be is true success in itself…

So, no matter what your passion may be; a sport, business, art, music, crafts, writing…stick with it, create, grow and expand, who knows maybe one day you too will be a champion. And hopefully, it won’t take 50 years!

In the words of Samuel Beckett – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

– Charles Arjavac, Marketing Manager

Celebrating Independence Day

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States of America. We thought that it was a good time to celebrate all things independent. From kids going off to college for the first time and small business owners to musicians and artists, independence is a fundamental American value.

Shachihata is also independent. We are a 3rd generation family-owned company, established as ink chemists and stamp pad manufacturers almost 100 years ago in Japan. In 1967, we opened our US facilities. Since our inception, our focus has been on offering customers real-world solutions to all their marking needs. As an independent company, we have never strayed from our original concept of doing things the right way, regardless of time or cost.

As such, our core philosophy is guided by three principles: Convenience, Genuine Pleasure, and Trust & Safety. All of our products are rigorously tested for quality and durability, ensuring that you will receive the superior craftsmanship only Shachihata can provide. The result is loyalty and satisfaction.

Although we are an independent enterprise, we recognizes that we are still connected to everyone and everything on the planet. Therefore, Shachihata is also committed to restoring balance in the global environment by stepping up its efforts to conserve and recycle resources and develop production systems that minimize industrial waste. As an enterprise that prides itself on enriching people’s daily lives and culture, we regard environmental preservation as a central responsibility and are dedicated to realizing a low-carbon society.

So as we celebrate Independence Day this year, please take a moment to celebrate independence wherever you find it because it’s one of the things that makes this country great!

Happy 4th of July from all of us!

A Summer of Happy Campers

Many children are excited about going to summer camp this summer, many for the first time. Summer camps have always been a place where children grow, and imaginations are sparked. For many, it will be their first experience being in nature for an extended period of time. There are so many exciting things to do and learn. Oh, to be young again.

Certainly, this year will be different than summers in the past, as we are emerging from a pandemic that pretty much shut down life as we previously knew it. So, for those parents who are concerned about Covid-19 and summer camps, here is a link to the CDC recommendations for summer camp precautions and other helpful information.

Probably the hardest thing about summer camp (besides saying goodbye to our kids at the camp gate) is getting everything packed and ready to go. Kids rarely bring back everything that was packed; things get lost and mixed up with other campers. One way to reduce this is to permanently mark all your camper’s items. We have a few solutions for you here at our website. To help you sort through all the planning and packing we have a short list of essential items to pack:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits
  • Long pants
  • Sweatshirt/jacket
  • Underwear
  • Undershirts/bras
  • Face mask
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Backpack
  • Medication
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Washcloth
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight

We hope that all parents and campers have an amazing summer experience and that many memories and friendships are made. There is no better place to spend the summer months than in nature. So, enjoy and be sure to take plenty of pictures!

A Summer of Rediscovery

After more than a year of isolation, mandates, quarantining, shutdowns, and all the other unknowns, it appears we may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the warm sunshine of summer!

Considering all that we have been through, everyone deserves a little fun and to enjoy something other than binge-watching shows from their couches.  It’s time to locate your camp gear, sports equipment, beach umbrella, suitcases, waterskis, and all your other favorite summer items that have been in storage for far too long.

What are your plans… a long overdue trip to see family members, a road trip to some long thought about location, a trip to a theme park, a resort vacation, or just some stress-free time in the great outdoors?  Or maybe something a bit more local, like visiting a nearby beach, lake or museum, catching a few movies, picnicking in the park, barbeques with friends, or hitting your favorite sports team’s games?

The possibilities are once again endless, and all your favorite activities are waiting to be enjoyed.  So get out there and soak in the sun and all that this summer has to offer. Whatever you and your family choose to do, be sure to enjoy the sunshine, be safe, and make it one to remember!

LX-7001 Features

The Shachihata LX-7001 Laser Engraving System comes equipped with features not found anywhere else including, enclosed optics and a clean-up mode designed to save you time in your shop. Check out this video to find out how it works. We also provide complimentary annual maintenance visits to preserve the quality of your products.

Things We Learned in 2020

Overall, 2020 was certainly not the best year on record – that is for sure. But it was a year where we experienced and learned (too) many new things.

We learned that people can come together in amazing ways to help each other. Frontline workers and many essential workers put others ahead of their own safety and provided much-needed services. We also learned of daily acts of kindness that were performed throughout the year. On the other hand, we also learned that as humans, we can also be a bit set in our ways at times and hesitant to change. And we truly learned the sadness of losing friends and loved ones.

We learned that both people and businesses are quick to adapt. Many businesses began manufacturing PPE and other needed products by adapting their resources. Both businesses and people learned what Zoom is and how to utilize it, and we learned how to work from home when it is possible. The food industry had to drastically change their business models, many offering to-go meals for the first time. At the same time, outdoor only dining was introduced, along with other new services such as cook at home meals, and let’s not forget alcohol delivery. We learned what remote learning is. We learned how to navigate a televisit with our medical professionals and found it to be a pretty great thing. The film industry learned how to release new films through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. My niece loved Mulan on Disney Plus! And we also learned we can purchase anything and everything from the comfort of our sofa, even an automobile!

With so much more time on our hands, many of us took up new hobbies and learned how to create arts and crafts projects, among other things, to pass the time. We saw record sales in-home fitness equipment (I bought a treadmill), jigsaw puzzles (yup, I put several of those together), guitars, meal delivery services like HelloFresh and Blue Apron, and of course, face masks. We also took binge-watching to a whole new level.

Some of these things will carry on into this year and beyond. Some will fall by the wayside as we move along, but I think 2020 will have a lasting impression on how things are done moving forward. I think medical televisits and increased telecommuting are two things that will be more of the norm into the future, along with others.

Oh yeah, and we also learned that there apparently isn’t an endless supply of toilet paper. 😉

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of October, as we focus our attention on breast cancer awareness, we thought this would be a good time for a few words from our company CEO and cancer survivor, Bob Ally. Bob was courageous enough to share his personal thoughts and emotions regarding his battle and victory against this awful disease.

Bob’s inspiration throughout this battle was his daughter. There was a time when he was close to death. But, his words, “I want to live,” can resonate with all of us.

Bob implores us all to donate whatever we can because research demands investment. “People should donate to the American Cancer Society that way they can continue doing the research. I’m glad they found a cure for me, and I’m going to help find a cure for the next generation of people…” To donate, please click here.