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How do I know what size binding wire to use?

Posted by Euan Davies on

Q: How do I know what size binding wire to use?

A: The size of wire that you need to use is determined by the thickness of the book that you are binding.

The 3:1 binding wire (3 holes to the inch – all very imperial!) comes in a range of 8 different wire diameters which cover different thickness ranges. These different diameters are labelled no’s: 3-10. These numbers are 3/16” up to 10/16” in a range of colours.

 

For example

Wire No

Diameter “

Diameter mm

Book Thickness

3

3/16”

5.5mm

2.5mm

4

¼”

6.9mm

4.8mm

5

5/16”

8.0mm

6.4mm

6

3/8”

9.5mm

7.9mm

7

7/16”

11mm

9.5mm

8

½”

12.7mm

11.1mm

9

9/16”

14.3mm

12.7mm

10

5/8”

16mm

14.3mm

 

For book thicknesses greater than 14.3mm you will need to be using a 2:1 Punch (2 holes to the inch)

You can find more information on our wires section

Binding Wires Explained

Please give us a call on 01793 716300 and we can send you a free “Binding Wire Guide” which is a ruler designed to show you which binding wire you will need.


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