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Re: [BKARTS] Piercing Awl Question

Here we go again.

Bookbinders in general usually use a Bookbinders awl, which can be
optained from Talas, Bookmakers etc.
There a two kind:

A stationary one and a replaceable one(I prefer the latter).
The hole should be large enough so the head of the needle with thread
can pass through.
And no -you don't want to rip it.

Read the Books on Bookbinding which deal with Bookbinding:
Cockerell, Diehl, Henningsen etc.

On Nov 8, 2003, at 7:02 AM, Neverly wrote:

This may be a terribly novice question, but thanks in advance those
who =

I've read a few books on hand bookbinding, and have come across two =
conflicting opinions on what sort of awl is best. One says a homemade =
awl with a very thin needle is best so that the hole will be small and
so grip the thread better. Another says an awl with a blunted tip is =
best, so as to "punch" through the signature rather than pierce it. I =
assume punching is preferred so that, once again, the hole will grip
the =

So, which type of all is best? Or are they both suitable?

L.A Book Arts, Inc.
The Custom Bindery
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