Ten pounds may sound like a lot of material, but type metal is heavy. Ten pounds of 2 pt leads is about 54 strips of metal. A reasonably well supplied small letterpress shop may have several hundred pounds of leads on hand.
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See the listings on the Composing Room page for the appropriate Sterling Toggle Hooks and key that are required to use these bases. When plates are ordered (quarter inch thick, or .250")for use on these bases, advise your photoengraver that the plate will be used on a Sterling Honeycomb base and they will saw the appropriate bevel on each side of the plate. Magnesium or copper plates may be used that will provide the best base and sharpest image for letterpress.
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