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Letterpress printed paper back for 2017

It is clear to see from the recent Print Show that traditional printing techniques are still very much appreciated and used in the industry, as many were in action in the event's Craftsman's Corner area. Demonstrating what is possible using letterpress printing, Nomad Letterpress has produced its second issue of Double Dagger.

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Featured in Double Dagger are articles and artwork from eight printers and artists, including Geri McCormick of Virgin Wood Type

While 1,500 newspapers were produced for issue one, issue two has stepped it up a gear with 4,400 copies. Edited and produced by Pat Randle, who runs Nomad Letterpress, and Nick Loaring, who runs The Print Project, the newspaper also had a host of special contributors. 

Randle says: “The binding agent for all of our contributors is a desire to print from the third-dimension, combining the tools that Gutenberg left us over 500 years ago with those available today such as the laser cutter (responsible for the artwork on the front and back covers).

“Printing by letterpress from wood and lead type cannot be replicated digitally and in our opinion the look, the feel, and even the smell of the resulting page offers an antidote to much of today’s commercial printing.”

The look, the feel, and even the smell of the resulting page offers an antidote to much of today's commercial printing

Nomad Letterpress prints by letterpress from metal type, a process invented by Johann Gutenberg in Germany in 1450. The pages were printed using a Heidelberg SBB Cylinder press, on Munken Lynx rough natural white 100gsm paper.

With a collector’s edition and a regular edition, both of the lovingly crafted newspapers can be purchased online at www.doubledagger.co. The collector’s edition also includes a poster and a custom envelope that has been made from the waste sheets of issue two, which are also used to send out the regular edition.

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