Robin Tait’s Five(ish) Essential Bookbinding Tools

Robin Tait

Bookbinder and Book Conservator, Queensland, Australia

1. Freer Periosteal elevator or raspatory. Double ended with sharpened fine end.

2a. Bone folder. Shaped with double bevel.

2b. Stainless steel folder for scoring.  Single bevel, for use with a straight edge. Custom order from Peachey.

3a. English right handed paring knife. Paring and general utility knife.

3b. Peachey paring knife. Leather paring only.

4. Peachey mini lifting knife.  Peachey/ Roger Powell design.

5. Small Japanese scissors. Cuts to the tips.