Buyer's Guide: Plastic Comb Binding

Buyer's Guide: Plastic Comb Binding

Plastic comb binding is a traditional, economical, and simple binding method. Made of PVC, the combs consist of a spine of round rings that spread open for sheet inserting. The rings fit into rectangular holes along binding edge. The standard length of a binding comb is 11" and has 19 rings. Additional and custom lengths are available. 16 different diameters are available ranging from 3/16" up to 2". Combs are round in sizes 3/16" up to 1". 1-1/4" and larger combs are oval shaped with 3 locks to hold rings together. The comb spines can be imprinted with titles, company names, logos, etc...

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Standard Plastic Comb Colors:
    BlackBlackBlueBlue
    ClearClearGrayGray
    Hunter GreenHunter GreenMaroonMaroon
    NavyNavy RedRed
    WhiteWhite

Applications:

Brochures, reports, manuals, cookbooks, documents, proposals, presentations, etc...

Advantages:

  • Widely available
  • Inexpensive
  • Imprinting of spine for customization
  • Can add or remove pages
  • Can reuse spine after removed from book
  • Can be cut in house to any length
  • Facing pages align
  • Wide range of diameters

Limitations:

  • Fewer standard color choices
  • Pages cannot be turned all the way around (360°)
  • Pages slightly step up when turned

Hole Pattern (Pitch):

  • Rectangular plastic comb pitch. Available in sizes 3/16" up to 2"

Binding Steps:

Diameter Guide:





Example of Plastic Comb Binding:

    Example of Plastic Comb Binding

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