It uses KF-152 plates just like my C&P
I use one of these if someone wants a proof of a custom color mix.
I take the plates from an old job, and with a brayer ink it up with the mixed color. It's a lot easier and quicker to clean than my C&P is...
It works best if you don't use any of the supplies that came with it. I ink my brayer off of a glass plate, use a 6" speedball brayer, and use spare pieces of photopolymer as roller bearers to keep the inking even. I register using gaffers tape and pieces of cardstock.
I also picked it up before they were excluded from the 60% off coupons :)
Hi - I had one of these before I got my tabletop press. It really spurred my interest in a 'real' letterpress. I think the idea of using this for ink testing is a fantastic idea!
Hi Ladies. Since my reply above, I bought a Poco Proof press, and I have to say, its a bit like these machines that say they letterpress... or even emboss. If you have ever looked at Sizzix, Cuttlebug or Quickutz embossing folders for the at home crafters, the machines they use to press the paper (I think) is a lot like the Poco. I have actually thought about buying an embossing folder and trying it on my poco (has anyone tried this?). From what I understand, you put a paper inside a folder and put it through a machine which presses the folder flat and thereby embosses (or debosses?) the whole 5x7 paper... you would use it as a background paper for a greeting card or scrapbook. I dont think anybody would mistake it for letterpress. I'm just a hobbyist and I make cards for friends and family. I'm not putting anyone out of business. These types of machines did lead me to letterpress, though, so, again, I do think they have their own place...