The ScotchKut (formerly SKS Limited) plastic stencil die-cutting alphabet was created for sandblast work, and saw most of its use from 1968 until the late 1990s. Despite the mainstream usage of computerized design software and stencil cutting machines in the industry since the 1990s, the ScotchKut Vermarco alphabet is still used by many headstone manufacturers today.
With the creation of the stencil press in 1968, the baton was passed from Spacerite’s Vermarco to SKS Limited’s Vermarco as the most popular version of the lettering. SKS Limited created their version of Vermarco as a near identical match to the Spacerite Company’s Vermarco, with minimal differences; this in contrast to the PALL Vermarco plastic stencil-cutting alphabet, created at the same time but containing more obvious differences.
Few differences help in distinguishing this version of Vermarco from its predecessor, including the square inner tail of ‘Q’, as opposed to the round inner tail of the Spacerite Vermarco. Also noticeable are the fact that the curve of ‘N’ and ‘U’ do not protrude higher or lower than the cap height and baseline, again, in contrast to Spacerite’s. A final and most noticeable difference is the highly curved leg of ‘R’, whereas the Spacerite Vermarco has much straighter leg.
Unlike Spacerite, the ScotchKut alphabet did contain some punctuation; including periods, commas and dashes. All other punctuation has been created by the MLC. In typical fashion, the ampersand was created by reversing the 3 and adding a longer lower finial.