Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Bone vs. Teflon

I have never used a Teflon folding tool. I've been thinking about buying one, especially after seeing Christine Cox's new Teflon folder. So I just created a poll here on my blog for anyone with an opinion - which is better? bone or teflon? And leave your comments for me too - maybe it'll convince me to spend the money on a new teflon folder...

Traditional Bone Folder


Teflon folder (long and narrow)


Teflon folder (palm-shaped)



- - Update: Oct 31 Poll Results --
Poll Results

7 comments:

TJBookarts said...

My favorite folder is a teflon folder (long and narrow kind). I use it for almost everything. One nice thing about it is that PVA doesn't stick to it. I have had the folder for over 15 years and would be lost without it. It's one tool that never leaves the house. I thought I lost it once and things were a little crazy until I found it. That said...I also use a number of different sized and shaped bone folders for times when the teflon folder is not appropriate like burnishing the edges of book board or scoring paper and card. It's always good to have a selection of tools in your toolbox to choose from.

tulibri said...

Rhonda, I even "sang a praise" on the teflon folder over at the forum ;-)
http://www.bookartsforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=131

no, really. I won't let go of my bone folders, too, but the teflon folder is the greatest ever when it comes to work without nasty burnishing marks.

I haven't tried the palm-shaped one, though. What's its advantage?

Rhonda said...

I think the palm-shaped folding tools were devised for ergonomic reasons...but i have never seen one for real, and don't know anybody who uses them so I have no idea how effective they are. But i think they can be found in bone and wood as well as Teflon.

Green Chair Press said...

I have both a bone and teflon folder and always pick up the teflon one first. It doesn't mark the paper. Mine is thick and doesn't really have a point so I use the bone one (which does have a point) for poking and mitre-ing and getting book cloth to fit in a corner. I've always used a knitting needle for scoring; it seems to do a better job than either folder.

Riverlark said...

I don't think there's a "one size fits all" folder. I have a teflon, a regular bone folder and a beautiful folder with the sharpest point ever made by Jim Croft. I use them for different things. Teflon is a must-have for your tool box, though. It doesn't shine up your paper the way an ordinary bone folder does.

BookGirl said...

I have both a teflon folder and a bone folder. It's true that the teflon folder glides more smoothly and doesn't leave marks. Still, I find myelf picking up my traditional bone folder more often, and using the teflon folder more as an afterthought. This is purely an emotional response, so I'm glad you asked the question so that I had the opportunity to think about it.

Rhonda said...

I'm probably convinced to buy a teflon folder. Although i'm still very curious about the palm-shaped folding tools that nobody seems to be familiar with!