... tends to be whichever way you aren't using at the time. Since the late 60s I've tried all of them: as well as the salad spinner, which prompted this thread, I've used wet chamois leather, squeegee, two fingers, Drysonal (Tetenal's alcohol-based rapid dryer), even meths (once) and nothing at all. All have both practical and theoretical drawbacks but for some years now I've been using mostly Paterson squeegees and the occasional Tory substitute (give it two fingers). Grit big enough to scratch the image is usually big enough to feel, so scrupulous cleanliness with generous washing of the squeegee or fingers is essential. The biggest influence on clean, scratch-free negs has been Paterson water filters -- for a horror picture of what comes through the pipes in my darkroom see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/mt paterson water filter.html -- but the wash sequence matters too: I give a final wash in de-ionized water and then a soak in de-ionized water with wetting agent at about half the manufacturers' recommended concentration before squeegeeing or whatever. Nowadays I use a professional drying cabinet (dirt cheap from a closing-down professional darkroom) but before that I used to get clean negs that dried quickly by pinning them up diagonally so that the water ran to the edge of the neg strip, not straight down. Cheers, R.