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#1 DerMann

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 23:45

This Friday I received my first rocker blotter, which was nabbed off the 'bay for about $20.

It's vintage and in fairly good condition. It came with a blue piece of blotting paper which had been an advert for Ralph A. Tillotson Lumber. While I am going to keep it, it does not blot very well.

Being in a dorm in a new city, I have no available options for quick blotting paper, so I ordered a pack from Pendemonium.

While I was bored today, I took a paper towel, and folded it in half three times. For whatever reason, it's the perfect width and length for my blotter.

I got my pad and Duofold out to try it. Signed my name, and with thick pools of Quink royal blue on the paper, I blotted. With one pass, it managed to pick up all the ink and smear none of it.

Conclusion:

Paper towels are good substitutes for blotting paper.
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#2 Shangas

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 23:48

I reached that conclusion months ago laugh.gif

In fact, I don't buy blotting paper anymore. I just steal huge armfuls of paper-towels from work. I got it all stocked in my drawers right now and use that instead.
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#3 thibaulthalpern

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 19:18

What wrong with using toilet paper as blotting paper? I've used it a few times and it seems to work :-) And...toilet paper is readily available :-) Of course, we can all go for "Bounty Paper" if we believe that it's such a highly absorbent paper towel.
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 00:48

QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Sep 3 2008, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What wrong with using toilet paper as blotting paper? I've used it a few times and it seems to work :-) And...toilet paper is readily available :-) Of course, we can all go for "Bounty Paper" if we believe that it's such a highly absorbent paper towel.


You get more bouts of blotting out of the heavy duty stuff. Also, it looks better to
have a piece of real blotter lying around your desk than a stack of TP sheets. Though,
if you do your blotting in the bathroom, nobody will know.

#5 thibaulthalpern

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 18:57

QUOTE (encephalartos @ Sep 3 2008, 05:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Sep 3 2008, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What wrong with using toilet paper as blotting paper? I've used it a few times and it seems to work :-) And...toilet paper is readily available :-) Of course, we can all go for "Bounty Paper" if we believe that it's such a highly absorbent paper towel.


You get more bouts of blotting out of the heavy duty stuff. Also, it looks better to
have a piece of real blotter lying around your desk than a stack of TP sheets. Though,
if you do your blotting in the bathroom, nobody will know.


Sure, sure, but I do keep a toilet roll by my desk. I use it as regular napkins, as tissue paper, to wipe my fountain pen, anything. And it's cheap. :-)
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 00:37

Hi. My name is Cathy and I hoard paper napkins from fast food restaurants. (Straws too, but that's another topic.) These napkins make good blotters too. I keep them in my desk drawer at work.

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#7 Shangas

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:38

By the way DerMann,

I'm not sure what kind of paper-towels you use, but I've found that if I follow your steps (fold the paper in half twice, in my case, though), it is the perfect width for my rocker-blotter! I never knew this! Now I know I have the best paper for my blotter.
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:39

I have been using paper towels for a long time, to blot up extra ink. It makes for pretty paper towels. The only thing is....you can't reuse them.... headsmack.gif






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