Blotter Rolls

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  1. dancqu

    dancqu Member

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    Where can I find blotter rolls? Who carries them? I used a blotter roll years ago to dry hundreds of 8x10 SW-FB prints. I think I'd prefer them to screens because of their compactness, flat drying, and portability. Dan
     
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    Try calumet, B + H, Porters!

    Let me know if you need phone numbers.

    Good luck
    Chazz
     
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    I have concluded that they are no longer available. Screen dryers are,
    like archival washers, more profibable. Dan
     
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    Dan, you can get blotter books at www.alles-foto.de (Brenner Foto Versand) here in Germany.

    They are called "Foto-Loeschpapier-Buch" and cost about $24 USD. They are ring bound, 30X37 centimters and can dry up to 18 prints simulataneously. They are ph neutral and the pages are buffered with a 3% Calcium carbonate.

    If you need help ordering, let me know.

    Just found this at www.silverprint.co.uk

    ARCHIVAL BLOTTER
    Wood & acid free, heavy 300 gsm 17 x 24 in sold in packs of 10 and 50 sheets. The idea of drying in blotters is to put the FB print through several stages of drying, each time with fresh dry blotters, so you need plenty of them. A suggested sequence is squeegee the wet prints and then put them into the first set of blotters. Place them under reasonable pressure. Leave them for 20 minutes, then take them out and put them into new blotters for 2 hours. Finally, put the prints into more fresh blotter and leave till dry, which is probably overnight. It sounds rather involved, but should result in prints that need no futher flattening.

    37 891 Archival Blotter 300 gsm 17x24 in / 10 3.95
    38 679 Archival Blotter 300 gsm 17x24 in / 50 15.82

    Prices are in Pounds including VAT
     
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    Contact one of these USA vendors:

    1. www.bhphotovideo.com 800.947.7785 (New York)

    2. www.porters.com 800.553.2001 (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    3. www.freestylephoto.biz 800.292.6137 (Los Angeles)

    I usually get my blotters from B&H at $9.95 US. Good luck. Let me know if you need any further help.

    BTW: All three of these companys' are outstanding and will give the help you need. Should also request their free catalog.

    Regards
    Chazz
     
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    Blotter books are on the web sites of B&H, Porters and Freestyle.

    They may also be called drying books or blotter drying books. B&H has several listed.

    Good luck
    Chazz
     
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    Hey Chazz, you know what? I think we're doing too much research for this member. [​IMG]
    After all, Google and the sources both you and I have mentioned are afar cry from obscure... [​IMG]
     
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    I'm surprised this is a problem at all as I have seen blotter books in various sizes lately at several local stores, even the Ritz/Wolf chain. Maybe it's because our high schools have darkroom classes and the stores are stocking for the students at this time of year. Didn't catch the prices. Try the phone and call around.
     
  9. dancqu

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    My post, Blotting Paper, Blotters, and Blotting Rolls, at rec.photo.darkroom
    may be of interest. Dan