The Akiles iWire Wire Binding Machine is perfect for low volume wire binding needs. The individually cast-hardened and heat-treated steel punching pins will ensure many years of trouble-free operation and easy punching, when used within its limits. It is an extremely easy personal wire binder to use, making it a popular choice for scrapbookers and crafters looking to make their own notebooks, and those with a home-office who need to bind documents. The stylish appearance fits well into any work space and the top-cover can be closed when not in use to help maintain the inner components to keep them dust-free, as well as to allow for more storage space. The vertical punching means gravity can help you align documents properly, reducing punching errors, and a 10-sheet maximum punching capacity* means you can do thin books quickly.
This is an all-in-one small wire binding machine, meaning it has both the ability to punch the holes and to close the wire spine around the holes, completing the bind. A wire diameter guide helps you choose the best wire for the thickness of your book, and a wire-sizer guide on the right of the machine can be used so you can double-check the actual size of your wire itself. A movable side margin control lets you adjust the top and bottom margins slightly to center them to your preference, and a wire closer selector lets you adjust the closer to match your wire size, so you can get a clean and precise close, every time. It also has a wire hanger, which gives you a place to conveniently set your wire so you can insert your punched pages as you punch them, which makes working inserting the pages of books (especially thick books) easier.
The Akiles iWire wire binding machine is available in two versions, either the iWire 31 or the iWire 21. The iWire 31 offers a 3:1 pitch machine, with 3 holes being punched per inch, that has the capability to bind up to a 9/16" Wire-O spine. The iWire 21 offers a 2:1 pitch margin, with 2 holes being punched for every 1" of document, and has the capability to bind up to 1-1/4" Wire-O spines. Both models feature a durable plastic handle for smooth and effortless punching and wire closing.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||25|
|Operating Method||Punching: Manual
|Capacity||Punching: 10 Sheets (20# bond paper) -- Binding: 220 Sheets (20# bond paper)|
|Compatible Supplies||Wire-O® Twin-Loop Binding Supplies|
|Machine Dimensions||16" W x 12 ¼" D x 13" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||11"|
|Open Ended Punch||No|
iWire Binding Machine Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The iWire is a small personal wire binding machine that is great for the at-home user, or potentially the infrequent office user. It is limited with some capabilities, so it is only good for users who need to punch and bind letter size books and for those who don’t need a bunch of customizable settings. If you need something a little more heavy duty, check out the WireMac-M, which is still under $300 and offers quite a bit more features and adjustments. The iWire is actually the lowest-volume machine that we offer, so I do not have any recommendations for something less.
WHAT I LIKE:
I love the look of the iWire; with a clean white heavy-duty plastic outer shell and black handle, this little binder matches well with a scrapbooking station or home-office. I also like that the top cover closes, which makes it quite a bit smaller for easy storage, and keeps the punching and inner components clean and dust-free when not in use. It is also nice that it comes in two models, either a 3:1 or a 2:1 pitch option; the pitch refers to how many holes are punched per inch on your binding edge, so a 3:1 punches 3 holes for thinner documents and a 2:1 punches 2 holes per inch for thicker documents. It also has the wire closer included on the unit, so you can punch and bind your pages with this one small machine and without any accessories; all you need is some Wire-O and, if you choose, report cover sheets. I also like that the punching is done vertically, instead of horizontally, which lets gravity assist in aligning the pages correctly, helping to prevent misaligned punches. The iWire also helps you choose the right wire spine size for your book, depending on the total thickness, using a wire selector piece that measures the thickness of your book and indicates the recommended wire size... which is very convenient for at-home users that are not super familiar with wire binding.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Because there are two different models, this means that you won’t be able to do the full range of wire binding sizes with just one machine; although we do offer special 2:1 pitch wires in all sizes, just keep in mind that anything smaller than a 5/8” wire is normally a 3:1 pitch, meaning that the holes may look a little far-spaced if you choose to use the special 2:1 wires for thinner books. This is not a problem for most users, but some just prefer the more tightly-spaced-hole look that the 3:1 pitch offers. You also need to understand that this is meant for personal users only, so it is built for very low-volume use and is not suitable as an office binding machine that gets used daily.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you are an individual user at home looking for a simple wire binding machine to use for crafting and scrapbook purposes, the iWire is a good choice to consider. Though it does not offer the ability to punch and bind pages other than letter size, it is a great basic machine for regular size documents and pages. You can use it to organize your own cookbooks, file paperwork, create wire bound journals and so much more.