BOOKBINDING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
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NEW! THE DELRIN FOLDER
This folder is carefully designed to accomplish all the general uses a bookbinder or conservator has: scoring, folding, turning-in, applying non-marring local pressure, large scale smoothing. The small rounded tip area is shipped slightly blunt, but it can be sharpened if you prefer. Delrin is hard and stiff like bone, but has a coefficient of friction similar to Teflon. It can hold a much thinner and sharper edge than Teflon. It has a nice, non-plasticy feel. I saw, file, scrape and polish these from a solid block of Delrin. More images and information.
The medium size nice for paper repairs and the tip is sharper for scoring tissue, lifting pages, and general use. The rounded end is useful for rubbing a repair down. The small spatula is used much like a metal one, it is slightly flexible because of its thinness. It doesn’t rust and is gentle, similar to a bamboo hera though not quite as stiff and thin. The end is rounded for burnishing.
LARGE DELRIN FOLDER (6.5 x 1 x .375 inch): $65.00
MEDIUM DELRIN FOLDER (6 X .5 X .375 inch): $50.00
SMALL DELRIN SPATULA (6 x .25 x .25 inch): $35.00
PRETTY NEW! THE ELY EDGE KNIFE
This knife, designed by Tim Ely, is specifically designed for cutting the edges of a text block. Many bookbinders do not have a massive guillotine or a reliable plough. Artist Tim Ely has been using a round French or Swiss style knife for some time to precisely cut edges. He grew increasingly frustrated at the edge retention of commonly available knives, and found the handle interfered with this different use of the knife. For the past year or so, we have been exchanging ideas and at this point I am pleased to announce The Ely Edge Knife is available for sale. More information here. The Ely Edge Knife. Overall length 9-9.5 inches, 1.5 inches wide. Top mounted hardwood handle 7 inches long. The blade is A2 steel, Rc 63, 13 degree single bevel.
THE ELY EDGE KNIFE: $225.00
LOADED STICK (AKA KNOCKING DOWN STICK)
A loaded stick (aka knocking down stick) is great for firmly compressing signatures while sewing. A gentle tapping can accomplish this task much more effectively (and safely, I might argue) than leveraged pressure. This stick has a comfortable waxed cherry handle and a brass head. The head is screwed into the handle and gently rounded on the edges to avoid damaging the leaves. This tool has a wonderful balance. The head is 2 inches (5cm) long, 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, and .75 inch (1.75 cm) thick. It is generally used on the wide portion, though the narrow area can be used if the supports are closely spaced, or there are specific areas that need more compression. Overall length 10 inches (25 cm), and overall weight is approximately 8 ounces (230 g).
LOADED STICK: $125.00
WOOD HANDLED SCALPEL
This scalpel is useful for a variety of scraping and detailed cutting tasks. The blade has a convex bevel, the the sides of the blade are carefully rounded to make it comfortable to hold. More images and information. The high carbon steel is hardened to between Rc 50-55, is 1.5 inches long (40mm), 1/16″ (15mm) thick, and the hardwood handle 5.5 inches (140mm) long. The knife is about .5 inches wide at the widest part. Overall length about 7 inches (180mm) and weighs .7 oz (20g), though the weight varies and depends primarily on the species of the wood handles, which vary.
WOOD HANDLED SCALPEL: $175.00
ALUMINUM PLATE SHARPENING SYSTEM II
I’ve made three significant improvements to the aluminum plate sharpening system. First, the plates themselves are now a half of an inch thick, rather than a quarter. This aids in their stability if used without the holder. Secondly, the plates are now machined with a flycutter, which results in a flat surface and regular pattern. Thirdly, the plate holder has been redesigned. Now, a knurled adjustment knob allows quick and easy flipping and switching of the plates without tools. It now only takes 3 seconds, even if you work slow. The stand is all aluminum with stainless steel screws so there is nothing to rust.
These plates are used the same as any sharpening stones. The plate holder has four rubber feet to keep it from sliding around. I generally use water as a lubricant to keep the metal particles from glazing over. More images.
This is the system I use to make and sharpen all of my knives. People often ask how long each abrasive sheet lasts, and although there are many variables, I’d guess I can generally sharpen about 10 knives on each one. Of course, if you are trying to reshape a bevel angle or repair a major chip you might use up an entire sheet. When a sheet is exhausted, simply peel it off and stick a new one one. You must trim the edges of the edges of the finishing film when you put a new sheet on, so that it does not overhang the edges. Otherwise it may give you one of the nastiest, dirtiest, slow-healing cuts you have ever had, DAMHIKT. 80 micron replacement sheets are available from Rio Grande; the 40, 15 and 5 micron from Tools for Working Wood.
I’m convinced it is the easiest, quickest, and most convenient way to resharpen and keep all your knives and edge tools in peak condition, from scalpels to scimitars. This system is a lightweight, easy to store and unbreakable. Perfect for travel and classroom use. The system comes with four 11 x 2″ strips each of 80, 40, 15 and 5 micron #3M PSA micro finishing film, a 12 x 2″ Genuine Horsebutt Strop, and 1 oz. bar of green chromium oxide buffing compound. The entire system is 13 x 3 x 2.5″, 3 lbs. 4 oz.
SHARPENING SYSTEM: $225.00
CARBON FIBER LIFTER
The carbon fiber lifter is a new tool to aid a conservator when mechanically lifting covering material, pastedowns and general delaminating. Lifting knives, teflon tools, micro spatulas, teflon coated tools, and bamboo hera all have their place in a conservator’s arsenal. The carbon fiber lifter is between a teflon folder and bamboo in feel: much thinner and more rigid than teflon, stronger than bamboo and it slides easier. Very strong and flexible, though not indestructable. Great for paper, weak cloth, heavily embossed cloth, and lumpy, uneven boards. It is flexible, yet provides unparalleled control even when it is in deep. It is designed to slide between and separate adhered materials, but the blade is not really strong enough to split a board, like a knife can do. The carbon fiber lifter is designed for sliding and prying lifting techniques. I’ve also found it useful for reversing previous “repairs” like gluing a cloth case spine to the text block, given its thinness and long length. The cutting edge is rounded at the tip. The edge can be easily sanded to alter or repair the bevel, but I strongly recommend respiratory protection and gloves. MSDS. Additionally, the carbon fiber looks very cool. Materials: Woven carbon fiber embedded in epoxy. More images. Weight: .3 oz (8 grams) Size: 1 x 12 x .030 inches (25 x 300 x .75mm)
CARBON FIBER LIFTER: $30.00
STRAIGHT SWISS KNIFE
There are two basic styles of leather paring knives used by bookbinders: an English style knife, with a straight blade positioned around 45 degrees to its length and a French or Swiss style knife with a curved blade positioned roughly 90 degrees to the length. I’ve combined some of the advantages of both of these styles into a new kind of knife — a straight Swiss knife. For Swiss and French knife users, there are several advantages to a straight blade when compared to a rounded one. Straight blades are easier to sharpen and strop, can cut a straight line the width of the blade with a single downward slice (ie. for labels) and can be used for a final, smoothing cut to even out preliminary paring. Current English knife users will appreciate some of the advantages of a Swiss style blade orientation. In use, the knife is very comfortable, since two fingers are used to push it, rather than relying just on the thumb. The balance, shape, and weight of the knife give it a substantial presence in the hand. More information and images here. SPECIFICATIONS: A2 cryogenically quenched steel, HRC 62. Length: 6.75 inches (171mm). Width: 1.875 inches (48mm) at cutting edge, tapering to 1.375 inches (35 mm). Thickness: .094 inches (2.4mm). Weight: about 5 oz (142 g). Bevel: 13 degrees. Leather handle.
STRAIGHT SWISS KNIFE: $125.00
This new fixture is small, lightweight, and designed for the workbench It quickly and easily adjusts from 15 to 60 degrees, locks securely into place by a built in handle, and provides a more rigid support than foam. This fixture that holds the book, or boards, open in a wide variety of positions to reduce strain while performing treatments. The small size permits it to be used inside a book to work on board edges and corners. It can also be used to support a textblock upright when rebacking or humidifying warped vellum boards, although additional weights may be necessary to stabilize it. I use this fixture constantly, from initial examination throughout the treatment. The natural, translucent .25 inch thick polypropylene platens are lined with an easily replaceable .0625 inch thick closed cell polyethylene foam ( aka. Volara). The adjustment mechanism is 6061 T6 aluminum and a comfort grip handle, which has a lower profile than the platens at any angle, so that relatively large books can be supported. More information here.
BOOK JACK: $150.00 for one, or $275.00 per pair
IN-SITU BOOK CONSERVATION FIXTURE
A jig guides a tool, whereas a fixture supports the workpiece – in this case is a bound book. Increasingly, much of a book conservator’s work involves working in-situ without disbinding a textblock. This fixture safely and securely supports the parts of the book not being worked on while treating pages. The idea for this fixture was originally developed by Raymond Jordan, Senior Book Conservator at Trinity College, Dublin. It supports the text-block and board, so that the spine and sewing structure is not stressed while work is done on the pages; repairing tears, media consolidation, flattening dogeared corners, dry cleaning, etc…. . Perfect for books with fragile sewing, brittle pages, or any time gentle, secure support is needed when working on bound items. It simplifies and speeds up the treatment process when many pages of a text-block need attention. The bed size is 12 x 17 inches, a heavy anti-tipping 1.5” thick, and the maximum supplied thickness books is 6 inches. Fits octavo through folio books. If a thicker book is encountered, extension pieces can be purchased for a nominal charge. This support can be used with oversize books with slight modifications, instructions included. Adjustable arm levers allow a full range of clamping angles with no additional tools necessary. The front page bar is hinged to allow quick page turns. The uprights hinge from 0 degrees (parallel to the bed) to 180 degrees. Constructed out of aircraft grade plywood with a 1.5” thick base to resist tipping, polypropylene and clear anodized 6105-T5 aluminum. Custom sizes available. Click here for more photos and information.
IN-SITU FIXTURE: $750.00
A2 ENGLISH STYLE PARING KNIFE
These are A2 cryogenically treated knives. Slightly wider than the previous model, and excellent for all around paring applications, The handles are hardwood or leather select leather, and the blade angle is 55 degrees. These knives are excellent for goatskin, chrome tanned leathers, abrasive calf and alum tawed skin. The wood handle is ergonomically shaped for comfort. Horsebutt blade cover included. Fully sharpened, 13 degree bevel angle. They measure 7 x 1.5 x .094″ (approx. 180 x 38 x 2.4mm). HRC 62. Right hand.
A2 LARGE KNIFE WOOD: $225.00
A2 LARGE KNIFE LEATHER: $130.00
These are traditional Japanese hera, Then are very thin, flexible, and primarily for paper conservation, but it is useful for some book restoration and conservation techniques. Useful for lifting, delaminating, gentle scraping, inserting adhesive into laminates, pressing paint flakes during consolidation, backing removal. Variable, about 5″ x .2″ (135 x 5mm.)
BAMBOO HERA: $25.00
SMALL FROE OR HACKING KNIFE This is not really a bookbinding tool, but is used to split wood or bamboo to make tools. I use this to make to split the bamboo to make hera, and it also works great with wood or bone, due to the wedge shape of the blade. It almost has enough weight to use as a little hatchet. Tool steel, I’m not sure what kind, but it is fully hardened. Roughly 7″ x 1.3″ (180 x 35mm) and a massive 8.4 oz. or 239 g. Limited supply, once they are gone, I doubt I will be able to find more at this price. No blade cover, no handle, just a solid chunk of steel.
THE NOKEY SEWING FRAME
The Nokey Sewing frame, uses adjustable buttons to attach the sewing supports. Click here for a brief history of sewing frames and more details about the Nokey. The Nokey is easy to set up and quick adjustment of spacing for all types of sewing supports- tapes, single and double cords, thongs, etc…., folds flat for convenient dust free storage and transportation, only 2.25″ thick. It is solidly constructed of aluminum and plywood, this is the most rigid sewing frame ever made. The current design features an adjustable top bar and squeezes in more usable sewing space with the same overall dimentions The uprights unfold and stop at exactly 90 degrees, then are tightened with a hex head driver. In use, sewing starts at the edge of the sewing board, making it easy to begin sewing and sew in the round. Rubber feet keep even small size frame from sliding around on the bench, the minimum distance between supports is 1 inch. The buttons which attach supports tighten and loosen with a 5/32″ simple hex head driver, which is included. Partially sewn books can be quickly removed and replaced, which make the Nokey ideal for schools. Custom sizes and additional buttons available, please inquire. 1. Small Nokey. (Item # SN) 18 x 12 x 2″, folded. About 6 lbs. 16″ between uprights, 9″ between crossbar and base. Supplied with 10 button attachments for sewing on up to 5 supports. 2. Medium Nokey. (Item # MN) 21 x 12 x 2″ folded. About 8 lbs. 19″ between uprights, 9″ between crossbar and base. Supplied with 10 button attachments for sewing on up to 5 supports. Large Nokey. (Item # LN) 26 x 12 x 2″, folded. About 9 lbs. 24″ between uprights, 9″ between crossbar and base. Supplied with 14 buttons for attachments for sewing on up to 7 supports.
1. NOKEY SMALL: $375.00
2. NOKEY MEDIUM: $400.00
3. NOKEY LARGE: $425.00
MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE PRINT
Woodcut printed in violet ink, open edition, graphite
corrections additions, Stonehenge Fawn paper, 250 gsm, 9.5 x 11.5 inches.
MEASURE TWICE/ CUT ONCE: $75.00
FLEXIBLE MINI KNIVES
A and B have a roughly 45 degree blade angle, and are useful for paring. C and D are a round and Powell style lifting shape. E and F are roughly a 25 degree blade angle, and I use these for leveling materials, general trimming and paring. The lifting knives are useful for lifting turnins and covering material when rebacking, and are useful for paper conservation tasks such as paring and mechanical removal of backing materials.
M3 hacksaw blade. At only .021″ thick and .5″ wide, these flexible knives are useful for a variety of delicate tasks. Great for miniature binding and inlays. 6″ length with a 2″ blade (uncovered steel).
FLEXIBLE MINI KNIFE (Specify style, A through F): $80.00/ each
M3 ENGLISH STYLE PARING KNIFE
This knife is made from M3 all-hard hacksaw blade. The edge holding ability is outstanding, great for slightly smaller hands. Since the handle is mounted on the top of the blade, you can hold the knife at a very shallow angle for long, even bevels and edge paring. M3 All Hard Machine Hacksaw blade. RHC 64. Comfortable carved handle with facets for easy, ergonomic gripping. The handle area is about 3/8” thick. 7 x 7/8 x .048” Specify right or left hand model.
M3 PARING KNIFE (Right or Left): $130.00/ each
A2 ROUND KNIFE
These are the large A2 Cryo knives with a rounded, Swiss or French style blade. The handle material is select hardwoods, in this case ebony. These knives are excellent for goatskin, chrome tanned leathers, abrasive calf and alum tawed skin. Horsebutt blade cover included. Fully sharpened, 13 degree bevel angle. HRC 62. They measure 6.5 x 1.125 x .094″ (approx. 170 x 28 x 2.4mm) and weigh 4.3 oz (123g).
A2 LARGE ROUND WOOD: $225.00
A2 LARGE ROUND LEATHER: $130.00
SMALL A2 KNIVES These are the new small paring knives, made from A2 Cryrogenic tempered tool steel. Awesome for delicate or intricate paring. Some test results of various steels are posted here. The handle material is leather or hardwood. Horsebutt blade cover included. Fully sharpened, 13 degree bevel angle. HRC 62. They measure 6 x .625 x .094″ ( 150 x 15 x 2.4 mm) . Available in round, right and left hand shapes.
A2 SMALL WOOD (Specify right, round or left): $165.00/ each
A2 SMALL LEATHER (Specify right, round or left): $100.00/ each
1.4 OUNCE BAR OF .5 MICRON GREEN HONING COMPOUND
It doesn’t look like much, but this 1.4 oz. bar of micro fine grade .5 micron chromium oxide buffing compound is the easiest way I have found to keep knives in tip top shape. When used with a horse butt strop, which seems to have just the right amount of compressibility, and followed by a couple of strokes on naked vegetable tanned calfskin. I keep stropping my knife until it reaches the point where it may look shiny, it doesn’t cut anymore, and I need to run through a resharpening progression of stones. The one ounce size should last a couple of years; large bars can dry out and become crumbly if stored for too many years. You just draw them onto the leather, like scribbling with a crayon. In a pinch just use some binders board. I’m now selling these, and they come as part of the sharpening set.
HONING COMPOUND: $4.00
GENUINE HORSE BUTT STROP
I have been collecting strops for a number of years, and all of the best crafted and those in the best condition all are made of horse butt. Mounted on 3/4” Hardwoods with a handhold area at one end. The dense nature of the horse butt makes it possible to strop narrow or round tools without damaging the surface of the skin. 17” overall length, 15” horsebutt, 2.5” wide. Two pieces mounted on hardwood. Also available unmounted in 15″ x 3″ and 12″ x 2″.
MOUNTED HORSE BUTT: $75.00
LARGE HORSE BUTT (15” x 3”): $25.00
SMALL HORSE BUTT (12″ x 2″): $15.00
This is a reproduction of a French Frottoir that I saw in 2009. I find it a superb tool for backing books, giving precise control yet quick manipulation. Made from Brass, Alloy 360. Its heft, 16 oz (460g) aid in straightening cords, smoothing sewing threads and other irregularities. More information about this tool is in this blog post. Much more gentle than a hammer, it is especially useful when dealing with old textblocks. 7 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 1/2″ (190 x 45 x 1.25mm)
SET OF LIFTING KNIVES
Both of the knives are made from o1 steel, hardened to about HRC 59. This hardness results in a durable edge for the prying and cutting. The knives are rounded and polished, with no handle, so they can be used under water for backing removal. They are based on a Roger Powell design, are perfect lifting covering material, splitting boards, and mechanical backing removal. They can used by right and left handers. These knives will pay for themselves the first time you successfully lift something without having to do additional repairs. Both are 6″ long, and 1/16″ thick, half the thickness of the previous model. The large knife is 1″wide, and perfect for lifting covering materials, splitting boards and mechanical backing removal. If you are a paper conservator, and normally remove backing material with a scalpel, you will find this knife much more efficient, and safer for the user and the artifact. The small 1/2″ knife is perfect for smaller books, turnins, lifting spines between raised bands, etc…. The rounded, beveled corners allow you to twist the knife when cutting through slips, for example. These knives are also useful for paring the edges of removed spines. These knives are the perfect union of quality, simplicity and functionality. The set includes two knives and a folding leather case, held together with magnets and protects the blades when not in use. Set of two with case.
LIFTING KNIFE SET: $225.00
MODIFIED 151 SPOKESHAVE
English trained bookbinders often use a modified spokeshave for long shallow bevels, spine paring, and board beveling. A standard 151 style spokeshave, made for woodworking is modified for leatherwork. The effective cutting angle is reduced, the adjustment knobs are trued, the surface area of the sole is reduced to lessen leather stretching and the front edge is rounded, the mouth is opened, the blade bed is flattened, the sides of the sole are rebated and the Lee Valley A2 blade is sharpened and the corners slightly rounded. Ready to use right out of the box. More information about spokeshaves for leather.
MODIFIED 151 SPOKESHAVE: $225.00
MODIFIED SPOKESHAVE BLADE (Extra modified and sharpened blade): $75.00
TWO INCH BRASS TRIANGLE
This handy 45-degree triangle is a full quarter inch thick, so it can sit upright on the bench. It also features a removable nickel-plated brass thumbscrew and beveled edges for comfortable handling. It is a great size for most bookbinding and boxmaking needs. Most of these are actually slightly less than 2” in height. Bronze. Height 2”. Thickness 1/4”
2 INCH TRIANGLE: $35.00
CORNER CUTTING JIG
This is a very useful tool for accurately mitering corners. Great for production work. A small knob allows adjustment for 20 – 200 pt. board thickness. This jig allows butt joining of cloth, paper, vellum or leather. Instructions for use included. Bronze and cherry. 4” cutting width.
CORNER CUTTING JIG (Wood bottom, brass top part, not pictured): $145.00
This bookbinders bradawl has a 2″ x .093″ diameter M2 high speed steel blade sharpened into a chisel point. This steel holds an edge well when dealing with abrasive binders board. This diameter fits most common cord thicknesses, and by twisting it the hole can be enlarged. The sharp edge can also scratch a line. The 3 inch pear shaped ebony handle with a Danish Oil finish fits comfortably in the hand, tapering gracefully from 1.25″ at the thickest point, to .375″ where the brass ferrule joins the handle to the blade.
TIGER MAPLE SEWING COMPRESSION STICK A convenient size, and it is made from a spectacular piece of tiger (or curly) maple. 12″ long, .5″ thick, 2″ at the wide end tapering to .5″ Finished with tung oil, coated with Renassiance wax, polished to 3 micron which gives it a fairly hard surface.
SEWING COMPRESSION STICK: $75.00
This tool makes it easy to cut the sewing thread inside signatures without damaging the paper. The outside curve of the tool is also useful for scraping glue remains. All hard hacksaw, approximately 6 x 5/8 x .030”
DISBINDING TOOL: $60.00
It may look crude, but it is very useful. This tool is very useful for rebacking and inserting cloth hinges into lifted or slotted board. It is not sharpened; instead the end is a 90 degree angle- this lets you push the material to be inserted without tearing through it. The angled sides also let you move the material sideways. The rounded tip is .150” deep to use as a guide for judging the depth of a slotted board. The hook part of the tip is useful for cleaning out slots. The comfortable sanded horsebutt handle will develop a nice patina through use. All hard hacksaw, approximately 6 x 7/16 x .023”
INSERTING TOOL: $50.00
SET OF 15 MINIATURE BOOKBINDING TOOLS
This set of 16 miniature tools, all ¼ scale, is made from the same materials as the full size version. The set includes an English paring knife, a Peachey paring knife, a French knife, a Peachey style French Knife, a backing hammer, an engineers square, a triangle, a bone folder, a wood handled scalpel, large and small lifting knives, a cord wrapped paste brush, a pallet, a heart and finishing tool. Not pictured– sharpening system and a strop. Housed in a wooden box.
PLEASE NOTE: These are miniature replicas of tools, and are too small to actually be used to bind miniature books. If you want paring knives for miniature binding, I can modify one of the “flexible mini knives” to about half the current width at the cutting edge. Inquire.
MINIATURE TOOL SET $650.00/ set of 15
“I love Peachey tools. Although I’m not a conservator, I do enjoy making/binding books and quickly realized that good tools are essential. Peachey knives certainly make it easy to pare leather successfully, but equally important are the Nokey sewing frame, the corner cutting jig, and the little bronze triangle. I use them all, they feel good in my hands, and my work continues to improve. Thanks, Jeff!” Ann Poe, editor
“Your Sharpening System is marvelous! I have sore fingers but very sharp knives, thank you.” Deborah Evetts, Deborah Evetts Book Conservation, LLC.
“Nearly 40 years ago I made my first sewing frame out of scrap wood. It rocked back and forth like an old table but it taught me the value of the sewing frame as a tool and I’ve never been without one since. I now have three in my shop. The Nokey Sewing Frame is a real innovation, taking the best of a traditional design and adapting it to new materials and needs. It is actually fun to use. The button screws make for very fast and easy setup. And it’s versatile enough to accommodate nearly all the variations on supported sewing I can think of for general bookbinding as well as conservation work. Well designed and well made with high quality materials, this is quite simply a great tool.” John Townsend, aka Anonymous Bookbinder
“Your English paring knife is wonderful! For the first time since I started to work in leather, I felt my knife slip through the leather smoothly and evenly. Now I get strips of pared leather instead of fluff and flakes. I will certainly recommend your knives.” Happily, Tawn O’Connor
“Just to say thank you so much for the Bradawl and lifting knife- they’re both beautiful.The Bradawl will be really useful for some of the model making I want to do at the moment and the lifting knife is just perfect for the work I’m doing on the Turkish collection (it’s the only tool that can lift incredibly thinly pared Turkish leather)!” Kristine Rose, Book Conservator, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.
“In a Katmandu museum I saw a cannon barrel made from leather- which had been well fired- so I wasn’t surprised by the thick hardness of the “Genuine Horse Butt” Strop” Chris Pye, review in “Wood Carving”, July/ Aug 2004, No. 79
“I’ve used an English-style straight blade lifting knife for twenty years, and only tried Jeff’s lifting knives on a whim. I still use the straight-edged English knife occasionally, but now use Jeff’s knives for most lifting. The small lifting knife is particularly useful between the bands. His tools are a pleasure to hold in your hand.” James Reid-Cunningham, Chief Conservator of the Boston Athenaeum
“The paring knife is light and dexterous. It holds an edge well and when you get used to sharpening the curve, is a great improvement on my previous English styled knife.” Peter Geraty, Praxis Bindery, Easthampton, MA.
“This little knife fills a large gap in my set of knives. With it, pulling books down for rebinding becomes a much less onerous chore as it effortlessly slips under the threads to be cut and the back doubles as a gentle scraper for cleaning the spine folds.” Peter Verheyen, Book Conservator and Binder, Syracuse, NY.
“The quality and craftsmanship you put into each of your tools is an inspiration for all bookbinders. It makes us to push our work to the next level. A good tool inspires good work; a great tool inspires great work; Jeff’s bookbinding tools are in the later category.” Eric Alstrom, Collections Conservator, Michigan State University Libraries
“Using this knife (the peachey paring knife), with its ingenious curve, makes the one I’ve used for the past 25 years seem inadequate.” Jerrilyn Glen Davis, Conservator, NYC.
“Having recently acquired a collection of 16,000 miniature books and beginning to address their conservation needs, I was excited to hear of Jeff’s set of small lifting and paring knives. Now that I have them I find myself using them not only on miniature books but on larger books as well. The rounded blade is great for lifting delicate pastedowns when rebacking.” Jim Canary, Conservation Department, Lilly Library, IN.
“I am impressed with the quality of the metal and the finish. The handle is very comfortable.” William Minter, Book Conservator, PA.
“The corner knife is well-made and perfectly designed to cut out excess leather when turning in corners. It feels good to hold it and I would not use anything else now that I have been spoiled by this knife.” Ann Hillam, Book Conservator, New York Academy of Medicine, NYC.
“I like your knives very much. I have the medium [narrow swiss knife] and the small one [curved mini knife] and use them for special paring of onlays or edges of leather. They are very comfortable in my hand. I recommend them to anyone that wants to pare leather well.” Monique Lallier, Designer Bookbinder, Summerfield, NC.
“Jeff’s knives are always within easy reach at my bench; they are far and away the best and most interesting specialty bookbinding tools being made today and its difficult remembering how I worked without them. He’s a National Treasure! Especially with edged tools Jeff has the talent for designing the right ones for the right jobs.” James Tapley, Hand Bookbinder, Sarasota, Fl.
“Well made, sharp … excellent materials … thoughtful design.” Maria L. Fredericks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator, Thaw Conservation Center The Pierpont Morgan Library, NYC.
I have been using the Peachey paring knife for some years now and I highly recommend it. I have many knives and find that when a sensitive edge is needed the knife meets all the demands that my projects have. The same is true of the corner jig, it is invaluable and truly speeds up the work. And as all of Jeff’s tools are elegantly designed, they are a pleasure to own and use. Basically Jeff’s tools are among the best I own and will ultimately become heirlooms of the bindery.” Tim Ely, Book Artist, WA.
It is best to email or call me to make sure the item is in stock, and please let me know your shipping address. I will let you know the shipping charges and total cost. Then you can send me a check or Purchase Order for Institutions. I can also send you an invoice via. Paypal, or bill your credit card with an email invoice through Paypal. Inquire. International customers please email for payment options and shipping rates.
Less than 4 pounds, and items less then 12 inches long, can often ship to Europe International Priority (6-10 business days) for around $40.00. But check with me to be sure. International customers also may be responsible for duty or customs charges, check with your government for details and rates. As of 2011, shipping large items, such as the Nokey, Sharpening System, In-situ Book Conservation Fixture, etc… can be very expensive—consider yourself warned. I’m happy to calculate a price, though I will need the exact shipping address. It might be best to pick it up in person while visiting NYC.
All knives are guaranteed for my life. I will repair or replace any knife if there is a defect. You will need to ship it back to me, and I will examine it, then repair or replace it, pay for shipping it back to you, and refund your shipping to me. If you decide you just do not like the knife, I will take it back minus a $35.00 fee for regrinding and sharpening, and give you credit for another purchase. If the handle is dirty or altered there may be additional charges. This must happen within 30 days of purchase. You will be responsible for paying to ship it back to me. Anyone is more than welcome to visit and try out the knives, and sometimes I sell them at the annual Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence conference. Please note that the sheaths are not covered by this warranty, they are simply glued together, if they happen to separate, just put a bit of PVA on them. Keep in mind all knives get dull when used, these knives are not guaranteed to stay sharp forever.
I am happy to regrind and sharpen any knife I have made, enquire for shipping instructions, times and costs. Please arrange a visit if you are in New York City, I often have a number of unique and discounted items not in this catalog.
Jeff Peachey 37 Nagle Ave., #3C, New York, NY 10040 cell 212.387.7860
jeffrey (dot) peachey (at) gmail (dot) com
“Without tools, there are no trades.”