- I can understand how a brief "dwell" might enhance impression and
inking on dampened paper on a handpress. I don't actually think it
is possible on a cylinder press, since, as Gerald has observed, the
cylinder only covers a tiny area at a time.
I typically slow the cylinder when printing on my Vandercook 325GH,
but it is only to make the hand momentum even & consistent in its
motion & to grasp the sheet as it exits the grippers.
The really important factors in impression are, as Lance points out,
packing, make-ready, inking, paper, etc. I do allow a very brief
"dwell" on my small Albion, but I would be hard put to distinguish
it from what naturally occurs at the end of a mechanical maneouvr
or just some silly handpress affectation I have acquired.