Custom Comb Binding for Books

Comb Binding Machines and SuppliesIs it possible to do custom book binding by using a comb binding machine? This is a question a customer recently presented me last week. Is it possible? Yes. I will explain exactly what you need.

In this situation, the customer wanted to bind a booklet that was only 4-inches long. The customer wanted to use comb binding because of affordability. Comb binding continues to be one of the most affordable book binding formats available today.

She told me it was for a family reunion and she wanted to include pictures, a few family recipes and other mementos. She wanted the book to be smaller because she thought it looked more unique and cute.

Here is what I recommended:

  • Akiles EcoBind-C Comb Binding MachineComb Binding Machine – I recommended that she use a comb binding machine with selectable punching pins. This makes it possible to punch holes in smaller paper without half-punched holes on the edges. In this case I recommended the Akiles EcoBind-C (found here). It fit the volume she was binding and is one of the best quality machines in its class.
  • Comb Binding Supplies – I told her she would need to purchase standard 11-inch comb binding supplies and cut them down to the 4-inch size she needed. You can get two 4-inch combs out of an 11-inch comb. She was concerned it wouldn’t look good. I informed her that many people use scissors or paper cutters to cut down combs and it looks great.
  • Book Binding Covers – I recommended that she use a card stock back and a clear cover. The card stock cover on the back looks classy and the clear cover on the front would make it possible to see the cover sheet on her booklet.

There you have it. It isn’t very complicated. The binding machine is the biggest investment, but ultimately will last for years, easily making up the cost when compared to outsourcing the project. Comb binding supplies are just pennies on the dollar per piece.

Do you still have questions about custom comb binding? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our specialists. You are also more than welcome to post your question in a comment. Have a great day!

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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