I thought my first method of re-inking a ribbon could do with a little improvement, so I added an ear-plug box and a bit of sponge to help spread out the ink more evenly. With the full (new!) spool on the skewer in the box you avoid tangles as you pull the ribbon over the inky sponge. I used a small bit of rag under my finger to try and keep my gloves a bit cleaner, but as you can see, it is an extremely messy thing. Which is why I was glad that I went out into the garden to do this. The position of the spools on the Classic 12 mean that you don’t get ribbon drag, so no chance of that super inky ribbon spoiling the paper.