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
are gentle on
fragile materials.
Famously ideal for
applying pressure directly onto cloth, paper,
or other fragile materials.

 Very useful
— non-reactive  —
in applications
that require
manipulation in acidic or caustic
environments.

  inquiries welcome
denny@dennisruud.com

These LARGE and SMALL FOLDERS are standard tools in workboxes
around the world.

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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

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 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.

Price: $22.00

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Microspatula

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 : 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.

Price: $22.00

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Boxmaker’s Tool

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6 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.

Price: $15.50

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