Re: [PPLetterpress] Mysterious nicks?
My suspicion, at least in regard to the Sistina, is that with the slight
nicks this would allow ink spread to be contained within the outline
(the nicks would eventually fill during a normal commercial run on high
production presses), while allowing access ink a place to run off (thus
preventing ink spread). I'm guessing though, as I can see no other
reason for this. I've read about this previously, a long while ago, but
have since lost the reference. Thus this query.
Michael Russem wrote:
>What exactly is an 'ink drain' in type? Taken literally,
>I can infer a meaning, but I'm not sure why or how
>ink should 'drain' from the face of type.
- From: "Gerald Lange
> The largest size of Sistina (60 or 72)Could we see exactly what these look like?
> has many, many tiny nicks cast into
> the outline of the face.
Smoke proofs preferred. :-)
I'll bring a copy of the printed piece for you to look at, or maybe
I'll scan the piece and put it up here as a PDF. But the mystery has
been solved. Jerry Kelly has informed me that Zapf indeed wanted the
Sistina to have a roughened edge. And while not all that apparent to
the eye the smaller sizes carry the characteristic as well.
> > The largest size of Sistina (60 or 72)
> > has many, many tiny nicks cast into
> > the outline of the face.
> Could we see exactly what these look like?
> Smoke proofs preferred. :-)