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    Ilford 'FILM CLIPPERS"

    This is a question for representitives of Ilford. Would it be an idea to market some sort of "film clipper", that would aid people who roll there own 35mm films? I<m thinking of a device that would cut the end of 35mm film from a roll of 17 or 30 meter into the exact shape that is at the cassette end of a single roll. I use reusable cassette's that have a similar shape and manner to attach the film to the spool of the casstte, as ilford rolls do. Such a "clipper" would be a great aid in fixing the film securely to the reusable film spool.

    Hope to get a answer from Simon or anybody else from Ilford

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    Why the exact shape? I roll my own cassettes from 30m rolls, and just clip a triangluar section, perhaps no longer than 2" at the top, to create a 'film leader'. At the spool end, I have used masking tape, and black vinyl electrical tape. I now have a roll of 'blue max' film splicing tape, that is the perfect product. Sticks like mad to film, and only sparingly to anything else.
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    Only some of the reels I have are ready for precut film. Tape works real well for me.
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    I have such a film clipper - I call it 'scissors'!
    Pausing only to apologise for my flippant response to a serious and well-intentioned question, I can honestly say that in 40 years of rolling my own (film!) a small pair of scissors works fine. I cut the cassette end of the film straight across (as square as I can in the dark) and secure it to the spool with tape, wrapping the tape right around to attach it to both sides of the film. If I forget to put the scissors somewhere where I can find them in the dark, I just tear the film, which works equally as well as the flanges of the spool serve to position the film squarely. As for tape, I've learned to be a bit picky as some adhesives can go gloopy and spoil the last frame that I eek out of a roll. Lately I've found that paper surgical tape works well as the adhesive is almost dry and doesn't leave a residue when peeled off.
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    I have learned to put the scissors in my pocket. I use children's school scissors with round nose.
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    Get a Canon EOS 10S/QD, it just needs one sprocket hole and can be cut straight.
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    Leitz used to make a little template gadget to trim films, one end for the camera leader and the other to fit the Leitz brass cassettes. The order code was "ABLON". See http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00Qy2A

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    Just a bit of practice and you can get really good at cutting straight cuts in perfect darkness. I use scissors that have a rounded tip and are short.

    For the leader, I have traced and snipped myself a template out of metal (from a commercial cassette) that I trim around to get really nice leaders.

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    Of course, everyone here is quite correct. It's not difficult to scissor snip and tape. But still I agree with the OP. A simple, inexpensive trimming device that would give correct and repeatable results would be nice.

    Those who bulk load 35mm film also often fall into the home darkroom subgroup as well. If you do, look around your darkrooms. How many similar gadgets, from very simple to frighteningly compex (and often expensive) do you use? A leader trimmer would just be another small member of that group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    If you do, look around your darkrooms. How many similar gadgets, from very simple to frighteningly compex (and often expensive) do you use? A leader trimmer would just be another small member of that group.

    Ken
    One such gadget is the Ilford film tongue retriever (or whatever it's called), which has been a godsend on a few occasions!

    I'd venture to suggest that the leader trimmer is akin to digital television, i.e. a solution looking for a problem, though given the choice I'd rather be forced to have a leader trimmer than be forced to have numerous digital channels of mindless nonsense displayed in poorer quality than the analogue signal that they have replaced!

    Steve

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