We believe in creativity and craftsmanship, but sometimes it can get lost in the search for efficiency in the race to the bottom line. While the rest are searching for newer, bigger and faster we’ve been fortunate to acquire an older, smaller and slower piece of equipment: an Asbern Proof Press. Another German contraption built in 1969, a few years before our Heidelberg Windmill.
Unlike the Heidelberg, there is no automatic paper feed. Each sheet on this press must be cranked through by hand. It’s slow going but there are some advantages over it’s more complex counterpart. It’s easier to set up for a beginner and even though the press has a smaller footprint, it can handle a bigger sheet size than it’s younger brother.
We’ve got some big plans for this little press. It’s a little dusty and needs a good oiling, but we’ll make sure it is sinking its teeth into some soft cotton stock in no time.