Double Dagger is a broadsheet / newspaper / journal printed by letterpress on a Heidelberg SBB Cylinder Press using type that has been machine set on a Monotype Composition Caster.
Double Dagger looks at the role of letterpress in the digital age as seen through the eyes of some of it’s most ardent practitioners.
The ability of the Monotype Caster, invented by Tolbert Lanston at the end of the eighteenth century, to produce individual hot-metal characters at a rate of three per second in justified or unjustified galleys of type was a breakthrough that spread beyond the worlds of publishing and printing.
Recently printing by letterpress from hot metal and wood type has seen something of a revival, perhaps as a reaction against our computer dependent lives but more importantly, we believe, as a result of the finished work.
We believe the page of letterpress printed text from hot metal type to be unrivalled for the crispness of its impression, the quality of its typefaces and for that illusive third dimension that is completely lacking in much of todays printing.
The depth of colour, touch and even smell offer something completely different in todays world of print.
The Double Daggers survive in the real world as Nick Loaring of the Print Project and Pat Randle of Nomad Letterpress.