Disclaimer: I am no chemist, not even remotely close. This is just me monkeying around in ignorant bliss. Please correct me where my thoughts and assumptions are incorrect. Assumption #1: Phenidone-C developers need a pH upwards of 8 for active development. I've concocted and tweaked a few developers based on this assumption and it has worked out well (could just be dumb luck!). Here's where it gets interesting. I thought of trying a phenidone-c divided developer with phenidone+ascorbate in part A and alkali in part B. My proposed two-part developer is as follows: Part A: Ascorbic Acid - 80g Sodium Bicarbonate - 60g Water - 750mL (make sure all is dissolved and effervescence stops) Phenidone - 1g Water to make 1L Part B: Sodium Hydroxide - 1.45g Borax - 6.92g Water to make 1L Develop for 5 mins in each solution. The idea here being to make a highly concentrated part A to get a bunch of developing agents in the film and part B will increase the pH to make the developing agents active. As a point of reference a developer with 1g/L ascorbic acid + 0.025g/L phenidone + alkali (e.g. borax, carbonate) is very active. I tested this on small scale (100mL) with film clips just as an indication of activity. I expected to see no activity when in part A and see the film blacken when in part B. However, after about 2 mins in part A, the film was nearly black. At first I thought I contaminated part A causing the pH to go up but I checked with a calibrated meter and it showed 7.2 ... pretty much what I expected. So with my divided developer idea aside, does it make any sense that I saw active development in part A at such a low pH? This obviously disproves my earlier assumption but does anyone know what the active range for a phenidone-ascorbate developer is?