Teflon Tools

Exquisitely crafted Teflon Implements. Distinctly superior to other Teflon Tools that are available. Perfectly proportioned Tools.

The Story of Teflon Tools

I began making and selling Teflon Tools in 1989 after a Gary Frost-inspired brainstorm at the Minnesota PBI (Paper and Book Intensive).   After a short while Cindy Mowery of Bookmakers became interested and began selling the LARGE and SMALL Folders.  Other Teflon tool designs (seen below) came out in succeeding years, arising directly from my restoration work. ( N.B. – The design of the SPLITTING KNIFE is common, and familiar to paper conservators for many years.  It is not one of my designs. )
Knock-offs of the LARGE and SMALL FOLDER can be found without difficulty.
The tools you see below are
superior in detail and function to any of them.


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Pure virgin Teflon (PTFE)

Teflon tools

Gentle on
fragile materials.
Famously ideal for
applying pressure directly onto cloth, paper,
and other fragile materials.

in applications
that require
manipulation in acidic or caustic

  inquiries welcome

The LARGE and SMALL FOLDERS seen here are standard tools
in workboxes around the world.

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These  are handmade tools, not manufactured by means of injection molding.  It entails a series of shaping and abrasive steps, with a final polishing using fine steel wool. The result is a tool with all the pleasant properties of Teflon and which is also unlikely to polish any materials you are working with.Ideal for craftspeople of all sorts.


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Large Folder

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6 1/2"(length)  x  3/4"(width)  x  3/8"(thickness)
16.5 cm x 1.9 cm x .9 cm

The workhorse of Teflon implements for book and paper and leather work.  Ultimate in useful working faces and edges, sized for full hand gripping in delicate or forceful applications.

Price: $20.00

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Small Folder

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5 1/4"(length)  x  5/8"(width)  x  1/4"(thickness)
13.5 cm x 1.6 cm x .65 cm

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

Price: $17.50

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Splitting Knife

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA10.5"(length)  x  1"(width)  x  3/8"(thickness — tapers toward tip)
26.5 cm  x  2.5 cm  x  .65 cm

-- tool for delaminating --
A favorite among paper and document conservators. For reducing thickness of card and board mounts.  Other uses as well.

Price: $27.50

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Small Spatula

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6 5/8"(length)  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 non-damaging pressure, such as with small repairs with Japanese tissue ("domed" tip down, use it like a fingertip — or flat side down also works well), and sensitive application of localized pressure, generally. Also excellent for delaminating labels or other items.

Price: $22.00

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6 1/2"(length)  x  7/16"(width ) x  3/8"(thickness)
16.5 x 1.2 cm x .65 cm

The MICROSPATULA is ideal for manipulating very small pieces or places, or for delaminating smaller items. The tip has a very small spatula shape. A flexible and sensitive tool for very small area manipulations, delamination, or pressure application.

Price: $22.00

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Boxmaker’s Tool

16.5 cm x 1.1 cm x .65 cm

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.

Price: $15.50

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