Our equipment is supplied untreated as is traditional for wooden bookbinding equipment and as recommended by leading conservation bookbinders. The reason for this being that a finish could when under pressure mark a binding.
However I do have some customers who varnish their equipment and for that we recommend 2 to 3 thin coats of polyurethane varnish (oil based) allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. The first cost should be thinned with 10% white spirit. We do not recommend either oil or wax as this can expand the timber and lock the threads.
Our blades keep their edge for a reasonable time dependent on what you are cutting as they are made of tool steel. They blunt fastest when cutting board. Below is the instructions for sharpening the blades. We do stock replacement blades.The best way to sharpen the blade is using a water lubricated sharpening [...]
Welcome to our new website!Bookbinding Supplies have been making bookbinding equipment for the last ten years. We have supplied bookbinders, conservations studios, universities and achivists worldwide. We specialise in making equipment from solid kiln-dried beech sourced from a managed forest. We also make bespoke equipment.We will add to this blog over time, giving tips [...]