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The story of Teflon Tools.

I began offering my Teflon Tools in 1989 through BookMakers (the supplier of bookbinders' tools and materials). I had fashioned a useful shape —the LARGE FOLDER— for my own use the previous year, after having seen a variety of Gary Frost's Teflon tools at the Minnesota Wilder Forest PBI (Paper and Book Intensive) in 1988. Eventually the smaller version of the same tool came along after a request from Cindy Mowry (then proprietor of BookMakers). Soon other retailers and suppliers began offering low quality knock-offs of the large and small folders . In years to follow I developed the other varieties you see below. (The Teflon splitting knife, however, has been around for a longer time and is not an invention of mine).


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The Large Folder and Small Folder are benchtop workhorses —- useful in many applications.

All tools are
pure virgin Teflon (PTFE)

with the needs of book
artists in mind
are useful in
other applications
as well,
for instance :

manipulation in acidic or caustic

Teflon tools do not
mar or polish fragile materials

dealer inquiries welcome


The LARGE and SMALL FOLDERS are standard tools in the workboxes
and drawers of craftspeople around the world.




Large Folder

6 1/2" x 3/4"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
16.5 cm x 1.9 cm x .9 cm

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$20 ea., free shipping in U.S.



Small Folder

5 1/4" x 5/8"(width) x 1/4"(thickness)
13.5 cm x 1.6 cm x .65 cm

As with the larger version (above) this tool is excellent for direct application of local pressure onto delicate materials in adhesive procedures, and for paper folding, etc.

$17.50 ea., free shipping in U.S.

Splitting Knife

-- tool for delaminating --

9 3/4" x 1"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
25 cm x 2.5 cm x .65 cm

spl knife detail 140 dpi

A favorite among paper and document conservators.  Excellent for reducing thickness of card and board mounts.

$27.50 ea., free shipping in U.S.

Small Spatula

6 5/8" x 1/2"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
17 cm x 1.25 cm x .65 cm

The thin, rounded end is flexible and sensitive.  Unsurpassed for applying direct pressure onto small repairs using Japanese tissue (hold the "domed"tip down, like a fingertip), and ultra-sensitive application of localized pressure, generally. Also excellent for delamination of labels or other small-sized items.

$22 ea., free shipping in U.S.


6 1/2" x 7/16"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
16.5 x 1.2 cm x .65 cm

The MICROSPATULA is useful for manipulating small pieces, or for delaminating small areas. The tip is a very small spatula shape. A very sensetive tool. One that I use often in my work.

$22 ea., free shipping in U.S.

Large Spatula
8" x 9/16"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
20 cm x 1.5 cm x .65 cm

size up from the small spatula (see above).
Made from thicker material,this is a
somewhat beefier tool,
feels good in the hand.
Excellent for more aggressive
getting-in-there, pressing, delaminating, etc.
A chisel edge at one end.

$25 ea., free shipping in U.S.

Boxmakers Tool

6 1/2" x 7/16" x 3/8"
16.5 cm x 1.1 cm x .65 cm

bxmkrs tool detail 130 dpi

Specialty tool for working nice crisp inside corners of boxes and suchlike. Sharp 90 degree edges on the sides, a chisel edge at one end.

$15.50 ea., free shipping in U.S.






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