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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.

Collection:

Waterman: 52V BCHR, 55 BCHR

Sheaffer: Peacock Blue Snorkel Sentinel, Black Snorkel Admiral, Persian Blue Touchdown Statesman

Parker: Silver 1946 Vacumatic, 1929 Lacquer red Duofold Senior, Burgundy "51" Special

Misc: Reform 1745, Hero 616, two pen holders and about 20 nibs.

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I reached that conclusion months ago :lol:

 

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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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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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.

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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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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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Cathy L. Carter

 

Live. Love. Write.

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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.

http://www.throughouthistory.com/ - My Blog on History & Antiques

 

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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:

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