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 +<< [[contents:​index| Dictionary Index]] << [[contents:​i|Definitions under I]]
  
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 +====== Ink Block ======
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 +The block on which the [[i:​ink|ink]] is spread to supply the [[b:​balls|balls]];​ in wooden presses, it is nailed to the upper near hind rail, and is supported at the bottom by a stay fastened to the lower rail. 
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 +It was generally made of a piece of elm wood, between two and three inches thick, with a ledge of fix wood, at the back, at one end, and also at part of the front. A quantity of ink was kept in the farther corner, which was rubbed out on the bottom with the [[b:​brayer|brayer]],​ from which it was taken with a ball, and then distributed. ​
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 +In fine printing that required strong ink, it being found very difficult, in cold weather, to distribute the ink properly, some offices adopted a small table having an iron plate for the top, with a shelf under it for a lamp, which warmed the ink and caused it to work more freely. ​
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 +The introduction of rollers has superseded the use of the ink block, for which has been substituted an [[i:​inking-apparatus|Inking Apparatus]],​ which //​see//​. ​
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