Buyer's Guide: Wire-O® Binding

Buyer's Guide: Wire-O<sup style="font-size:10px;">&reg;</sup> Binding
Wire binding, popular among graphic designers, offers a stylish metal finish. This traditional method of binding secures pages so that they cannot be modified without de-binding the book. Books bound with Wire-O® lay flat and the sheets are able to turn 360°, making it the perfect solution for calendars and notebooks. Holes are available in round and square. The Wire-O® supplies are available in 10 different colors and sizes ranging from 1/4" up to 1-1/4". The wire can be bent out of shape so this is not the favorable choice for heavy usage and or mailing.

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Standard Wire-O® Colors:


Brochures, reports, manuals, calendars, notebooks, marketing material, photo albums, scrapbooks, etc...


  • Modern
  • A variety of color options – custom colors available in large quantities
  • Books lay flat
  • Pages turn all the way around
  • Can be cut in house to any length
  • Perfect Registration


  • Will crush under abuse
  • Higher costs
  • Cannot reuse the wire elements once they have been removed
  • Requires two different hole patterns to use full range of sizes

Hole Pattern (Pitch):

  • 3:1 – 3 round or square holes per inch. Available in sizes 1/4" up to 9/16".
  • 2:1 – 2 round or square holes per inch. Available in sizes 1/4" up to 1-1/4".

Binding Steps:

  • Punch sheets using specific 3:1 or 2:1 pitch wire binding machines
  • Place back cover on front
  • Insert wire into sheets
  • Place wire binding edge into wire closer
  • Close wire
  • Flip back cover to the back, which will hide the binding seam

Diameter Guide:

Example of Wire-O Binding:

    Example of Wire-O Binding

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