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    I'll also recommend the Saunders V-Track among easels I've owned and used. Beard and Saltzman are also considered to be excellent easels.

    A 4-blade easel gives you some more flexibility and control for smaller prints without the easel hanging off the baseboard (depending of course on the size of the easel and the baseboard), unusual formats and wide borders.

    The disadvantages are that it takes a bit longer to set it up so the borders are even, and you've got four--sometimes five (in the case of easels that have a blade for positioning the paper)--blades that can go out of alignment, which is maddening, and cost.

    The design of the V-Track allows for quick and accurate setup, and they tend not to have alignment problems.
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    Well, if nobody else is going to do it, can I put in a vote for the DUNCO range of 4-bladers made in Berlin? Moreover they're still in manufacture rather than stuff churning around the used market.

    http://www.dunco-apparatebau.de/lab-...ing-easels.php

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    A vote for Saunders.

    Also a vote against Kostiner. I found one cheap but it was too flimsy. In the end I threw it away rather than trying to resell it.

    The Dunco looks great but I have never laid hands on one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun1a View Post
    So what can you do with 4 blades that you can't do with 2?
    Position the image anywhere on the paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun1a View Post
    So what can you do with 4 blades that you can't do with 2?
    Position the image anywhere on the paper as already mentioned.

    Create any size border you want, or almost no border (two blade easels typicly have a fixed border on the top and left). Also, you can center or crop an image to any size which is real handy depending on how the image will be framed.

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    Care to be Specific?

    Many mentions of Saunders but only a few are specific.
    I find 4 models available; VT - Slimtrack - Universal -
    Clutch Drive.

    I bought a used 14x17 Universal and thought the blades
    to be flimsy. I've an 11x14 in mind. That Clutch Drive
    looks interesting.

    IIRC the Beseler has Steel blades. No Beselers
    out there? Dan

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    I have an 11 x 14 Saunder V-Track. Love it. Best easel I've ever used.
    Frank Schifano

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    Saunders V-Track is the one you want.

    The Slimtrack and Universal are lighter easels. The clutch drive is an older design. I had a Honeywell-Nikor 4-blade of similar design to the Saunders Clutch Drive (similar enough that I wonder if Saunders bought out Honeywell-Nikor at some point), and while it was finely adjustable, it eventually developed alignment problems that seemed too difficult to fix, so when I got a good deal on a V-Track, I tossed it.
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    Mine is the Saunders V-Track 16x20. Bought it new on clearance after manufacturing ceased. Worth every penny. Big and heavy, but as the man said, "Best easel I've ever used." Easy to adjust, smooth and accurate. Heavy blades provide good hold-down pressure for sometimes curled DW fiber papers.

    During my research I noted with dismay the number of negative reports from disappointed users of the Beseler models. Many had happily moved on to Saunders. The most common complaint seemed to be poor alignment, meaning the blades were no longer square. Or not square to begin with. The product photos all make the units appear to be quite sturdy, so I was surprised by this. I don't believe I ever read a single positive review. Strange.

    But it should also be noted that I've never seen or used one directly, so who knows? I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who uses one and just loves it. I'd really like to be proven wrong on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Reed View Post
    Well, if nobody else is going to do it, can I put in a vote for the DUNCO range of 4-bladers made in Berlin? Moreover they're still in manufacture rather than stuff churning around the used market.

    http://www.dunco-apparatebau.de/lab-...ing-easels.php
    Martin,

    Could you comment on the Dunco unit compared to the Kaiser 4 blade models?

    Tom

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