Kodak DK-50

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by pinhole_dreamer, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. pinhole_dreamer

    pinhole_dreamer Member

    Messages:
    238
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    In the froze
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If the can is sort of rusty on top...and it has a KEY on the bottom of it...should I just toss it? I have a WHOLE BOX of this stuff that was given to me. There's also some Ektanol (?) developer and replenisher and some Ilford chemicals. Of course, all the tins are pretty rusty.
     
  2. Gerald C Koch

    Gerald C Koch Member

    Messages:
    6,462
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Location:
    Southern USA
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    As long as the rust hasn't gone all the way thru the can you should be OK. I have quite a few cans of DK-50 that are surplus from WWII. From time to time I open one and use it. They have always been fine. The contents should be white and not brownish.
     
  3. pinhole_dreamer

    pinhole_dreamer Member

    Messages:
    238
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    In the froze
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Thank you! =D That makes me happy!
     
  4. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    20,227
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Location:
    local
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    dk 50 is great stuff. have fun with it :smile:
     
  5. David Lyga

    David Lyga Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,942
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Philadelphia
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Even if the powder is brownish it will still be good. I have Dektol powder that is dark brown and still as good as the white powder. - David Lyga
     
  6. pinhole_dreamer

    pinhole_dreamer Member

    Messages:
    238
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    In the froze
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I'll not know unless I crack the cans open. Now, how does one open a can with a key?
     
  7. brucemuir

    brucemuir Member

    Messages:
    2,265
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2007
    Location:
    Metro DC are
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I've not used canned photo chemicals but I have opened a sardine can or two in my day.
    Look for a metal tab near the ridge where the can is sealed.
    Could be on the top lid or the bottom lid. Not sure.

    Thread that tab into the key slot and start twisting the key.
    Try to keep the key aligned perpendicular to the top as you go.
    That tab could be rusted by now so proceed with caution and don't cut yourself.

    If I were you I'd forgo the entire key and find an old manual can opener.
    The kind with the gears not a churchkey type.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 28, 2011
  8. brian d

    brian d Member

    Messages:
    396
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Location:
    Indiana
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If you use the key method to open it be very careful of sharp edges!
     
  9. Bill Burk

    Bill Burk Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,072
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Maybe you need one of these...

    kopener.jpg

    Like the old days, one big hole to pour from and one little hole to let in air.
     
  10. pinhole_dreamer

    pinhole_dreamer Member

    Messages:
    238
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    In the froze
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    It's a good thing that I still have the old manual can openers. ;D
     
  11. pinhole_dreamer

    pinhole_dreamer Member

    Messages:
    238
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    In the froze
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The old days? I still have one of those...plus a really old manual can opener. They're both with our camping supplies.