heres my rant: So my whole life i've used metal reels in loading film. When I first started of course i would stick a few frames together (hey it happens the first time you start) Well for a while i was having the film developed at my work and now that i've finally got my darkroom working i've started heavily developing my own stuff (especally since i've experimented with different developers) Well with my own tank and reel i've been having a hell of a time getting the film on the reel. I figured i was just rusty, but i didn't get the hang of it and its really been ticking me off. I explored past forums and someone mentioned cheep and slightly bent reels can make it more difficult. So i borrowed a hewes (old heavy metal) from work and bam first time, no difficulty at ALL. man i'm so releaved... it was the reel not i. i'm done just needed to vent haha.