Book Binders Finishing
Hand Tools are deeply engraved on hard
brass, with extra thick heads for better heat retention.
The outside forms are cut closely to the design in order to
All of these finishing tools have a domed face which greatly
aids "putting the tool down", whilst giving more "life" to the
binding than a flat tool can.
The catalogue (see
below) contains over 1300 designs, though not in
strictly chronological order they have been grouped in similar
types, to make comparison and selection easier.
There is a selection of intaglio finishing tools for blind
tooling, and some interesting Art Nouveau tools and authentic
Napoleonic designs. The corner tools are arranged on a double
page and are shown in pairs to help visualise centre designs
that can be built up.
All tools can be enlarged. Special designs and exact copies
for restoration can be made from artworks, good photocopies,
photographs, slides, original bindings or fragments of leather.
A quotation will be given on sight of artwork.
Gouges are made from the same hard
brass as our hand tools and are cut from 5mm thick sheet.
The gouges are then formed to the required curves before
machining, this produces better sighting than traditional cast
Gouges are sold as a set of 12, a set of 5 semi circle, or 4
circle gouges. For more aesthetic tooling our set of 40
designer gouges and 7 blending gouges are ideal, these are also
available as half set of 20 or they may be supplied
individually (as can all tools).
Pallets are finished flat on the
sighting side with a long bevel on the reverse.
They are supplied with a 9 inch arc as standard, but can be
made flat if required.
Pallets come in sets of 10, either single line, double line
or thick and thin line, they can also be purchased
Unless other wise requested all single line pallets and
gouges are made with a 1.5 point (0.20 inch/ .5mm) line
thickness, also available with mitred ends.
In the catalogue you will also find details concerning the
making of brass dies and also
tools intended for the binder of miniature
Please email us to arrange your order. Richard
Here you can download a copy of the Hand Tools/Gouges
and Pallets catalogue. The catalogue is in .pdf format and you
will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to read it. You can
download Adobe Acrobat here for free if you do not
have it, it is a perfectly safe, widely used software for
reading .pdf files.
The catalogue has been scanned at quite a high
resolution in order that it may be printed out and none of the
fine detail of the tools lost. Because of this the catalogue
may take a few minutes to appear in your browser, if you still
have a dial up connection I suggest going away and making a cup
of coffee, if you have broadband it should only take a minute
Just click the link below and a window will open in your
browser, wait a few minutes and the catalogue will load, then
it can be saved to your PC.
Hand Tools/Gouges and Pallets Catalogue & Price
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