These Teflon Bone folders are the best teflon bone folders, better than all other Teflon bone folders
The Story of Teflon Tools
(Teflon Bone Folders, etc.)
I began making and selling Teflon Tools in 1989 after a Gary Frost-inspired brainstorm at PBI (the Paper and Book Intensive). Very soon 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, each stemming from my restoration work. The SPLITTING KNIFE is a tool paper conservators have used for decades at least, and 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 structural details to any of the knock-offs.
All are made from
pure virgin Teflon (PTFE)
and are useful in
manipulation in acidic or caustic
are gentle on
notoriously ideal for
applying pressure onto cloth or fragile papers.
No polishing or marring of fragile materials, unlike any
The LARGE and SMALL FOLDERS are standard tools in workboxes
around the world.
6 1/2"(length) x 3/4"(width) x 3/8"(thickness)
16.5 cm x 1.9 cm x .9 cm
5 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.
10.5"(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.
6 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 pressure onto small repairs using Japanese tissue ("domed" tip down, use it like a fingertip — flat-down also works well), and ultra-sensitive application of localized pressure, generally. Also excellent for delamination of labels or other small-sized items.
6 1/2"(length) x 7/16"(width ) x 3/8"(thickness)
16.5 x 1.2 cm x .65 cm
The MICROSPATULA : useful for manipulating very small pieces or places, or for delamination of smaller items. The tip has a very small spatula shape. A very sensitive tool which I use frequently in my own work.
6 1/2"(length) x 7/16" x 3/8"
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.