Hands down - one of the most popular questions I get asked is: what's the difference between soft enamel and hard enamel pins?
The short answer is: hard enamel pins have a polished look and feel whereas soft enamel pins have recessed grooves enamel with a sense of depth.
Here's the long answer:
The main difference between soft enamel and hard enamel pins is the manufacturing process. Soft enamel pins are made by filling the recessed areas of a metal pin with enamel paint, which is then baked to harden the paint. Hard enamel pins, on the other hand, are made by applying a layer of enamel powder to the surface of the metal pin, which is then baked and polished to create a smooth, even surface.
Another difference between soft enamel and hard enamel pins is the finish. Soft enamel pins have a textured finish, with the enamel paint recessed below the metal lines of the pin. Hard enamel pins have a smooth, glass-like finish, as the enamel is baked and polished to be even with the metal lines.
Hard enamel pins are generally more durable than soft enamel pins, as the enamel is baked and polished to be even with the metal lines, making it less likely to chip or wear over time. Soft enamel pins, on the other hand, may be more prone to chipping and wear, as the enamel is recessed below the metal lines. However, soft enamel pins can also be more affordable to produce, as the manufacturing process is generally less complex.