A Bookbinders Favourite Tool

 John - our Master Bookbinder

John - our Master Bookbinder

Our Unique Bone Folders

With a range of bookbinding tools now on offer to purchase from our online shop I thought it'd be timely to give you a little insight into our favourite one!

A bone folder is, unsurprisingly, traditionally made of bone, although these days you can find them produced in a few other materials. including brass and teflon.

It's purpose is primarily for paper folding, card making and origami but it has other uses.  We use it for covering boxes and poking the cloth into all the nooks and crannies.  It is also perfect for adding a little extra glue to a job, rubbing down paper to make sure it sticks and on the odd occasion I have seen it used for stirring coffee in our workshop!

You can see our small range of bone folders now in our online shop - all of ours started off life just like one of those.  One of the reasons we are all so attached to our own particular folder is that they adapt and change as you use them.  The way you rub every single spine when lining often creates a dip in one side.  Sometimes we sharpen the end a little to get into a small space and unfortunately sometimes they break and so we shorten them and reshape them to continue their life.  And needless to say we are in a complete panic when we misplace our folder!!

 Mia - a beautiful array of shapes and sizes!

Mia - a beautiful array of shapes and sizes!

 David - a name tag so no-one pinches it!

David - a name tag so no-one pinches it!

 Kerry - relatively new clean ones!

Kerry - relatively new clean ones!

 Mine - one of these is teflon - non stick!

Mine - one of these is teflon - non stick!

 Gillian & Robin - Robin's sadly broke today!

Gillian & Robin - Robin's sadly broke today!

 Erin - a particularly pointed one for box making!

Erin - a particularly pointed one for box making!

Check out our ever expanding online shop to see our current range of tools and materials.  We don't sell anything that we don't use on a daily basis here in our workshop so it is all to true production bookbinding standard - and why not pick yourself up your own bone folder?  It really is a bookbinders favourite tool!