We get so happy when we receive new letterpress stuff, so when we got a new set of Kort Adjustable Quad Guides we had to take some pictures of them and share them with you. Printing in the shop has changed quite a bit over the past year. When we first started out, we used photo corners or paper flaps to hold paper on the tympan when printing. This can be a quick/cheap solution and can be useful if the design your printing has a bleed on multiple sides.
A while ago we switched to Megill Spring Tongue Gauge Pins (below). These gauge pins have adjustable tongues and attach to the tympan much like a paper clip. The pointed side is used to create a slit in the tympan to secure the gauge pin. Once secured, the gauge pin can be slid up/down or left/right to register the print properly on the paper. For most applications, the gauge pins will stay in place while printing however sealing wax can be melted around the gauge pin to secure it further to the tympan. Here are some pictures of the Megill Gauge Pins we use in the shop:
The new Quad Guides we got from John Barrett’s Letterpress Things are much higher quality and will be perfect for feeding heavier stock such as 220# Lettra. A set of three quad guides plus extra tongues cost $26 plus shipping. To attach a Kort Adjustable Guide to the tympan:
Here are some pictures of the quad guides and the packaging:
Since these guides are much more expensive than the Megill Gauge Pins, you want to be extra careful not to smash the guide against your plate, base, or gripper bars. If you have any question about these guides/gauge pins, please feel free to ask.