What is the difference between a Shell back and Solid back badge?
Understanding the differences between these two badge back types.
When choosing the best badge for your department, a common question we receive is: "What is the difference between a Shell back and Solid back badge?"
The primary differences are in their weight and look on the back of the badge.
- Shell Back badges have a hollow appearance on the back of the badge, which makes them lighter.
- Solid Back badges are typically heavier and have a smooth finish on the back.
This article will explain their differences, costs, and why you prefer one over the other when designing your badge.
Features of a Shell back badge:
- Lightweight - Because of less volume of metal, Shell back badges have a noticeably lighter feel when holding or wearing.
- Hollow look - The manufacturing process includes a back die that presses the metal outward into the badge during stamping. The hollow back is created when a back die pushes the details into the front of the design, creating the hollow look.
- Works with all attachment types - All standard Smith & Warren badge attachments work on a shell back badge. Learn more about badge attachments in our article.
Features of a Solid back:
- Heavier in weight - Solid back badges have more metal, which makes the badge heavier. Instead of the design being pushed from the back, the design is forged as metal is pushed front down into a molded die.
- Smooth finish - The back of a solid back badge is smooth with a slight sandblast look.
- Works with all attachment types - All standard Smith & Warren badge attachments work on a Solid Back badge. Learn more about badge attachments in our article.
Are all badge models available in both styles?
Most badge models on Visualbadge are available in both styles; however, specific models are exclusive to one option or the other. The primary reason for this is the availability of tooling specific to each model.
Does one cost more?
Solid back badges are priced higher than shell back badges, usually with a difference of around $12.00. The increased cost is attributed to the additional metal used while making the Solid Back badge.
Does one badge type take longer to manufacture?
Shell and solid back badges both take 4-6 weeks to manufacture. If you are interested in learning about how long a badge takes to make, please read our article.
Can you order an Applied Panel badge in Shell Back and Solid?
Certainly! We offer both types of Applied Panel badges. Many badge wearers choose the Shell back Applied Panel badge to reduce the overall weight. You can read our comprehensive article to learn more about the differences between Applied Panel and One Piece badges.
Choosing the right badge for your department:
The choice between a Solid or Shell back badge ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some individuals may opt for a lighter badge that feels less heavy on their uniform, while others may favor the appearance and weight of a solid back badge. There is no disparity in durability and quality between the two styles, so the decision rests entirely with you and your preferences. Rest assured, both badge styles are covered under our Lifetime Warranty, ensuring your complete satisfaction and peace of mind.
If you require assistance determining the best badge for your organization, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is here to guide you.