Bone folder

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A bone folder or bonefolder is a dull edged handtool used to fold and crease material in crafts such as bookbinding,[1][2] cardmaking,[3] origami[4] and other papercrafts where a sharp crease or fold is needed.

Often made from the leg bone of a cow, deer, or similar animal,[5] there are also synthetic alternatives made from plastics. However those made from bone may be less prone to leaving residues on the workpiece.[6] In Japanese bookbinding the equivalent folding tool is traditionally made from bamboo, although a Japanese fabric marking tool ("hera") or Western bone folder may be substituted.[7]

The bone folder is also used for marking fabric where a temporary mark needs to be made without damaging the material.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Zeier, Franz (1983), Books, Boxes and Portfolios, Translated by Li, Ingrid, New York: Design Press, pp. 30–37, ISBN 0-8306-3483-5 
  2. ^ Smith, Keith A. (1999), Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue 1 (Revised and expanded ed.), Rochester, New York: Keith Smith Books, p. 47, ISBN 0-9637682-6-3 
  3. ^ Pickering Rothamel, Susan (2008), The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques, New York: Lark Books, p. 42, ISBN 978-1-60059-029-0 
  4. ^ Soonboke Smith (1 August 2004). Origami for the First Time. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-1-4027-1767-3. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Garry; Nadal, Jake. "Repair and Enclosure Treatments Manual". E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, Indiana University. 
  6. ^ McQueen, Sharon (2005), In-House Bookbinding and Repair, Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, p. 17, ISBN 0-8108-5224-1 
  7. ^ Ikegami, Kōjirō (1986), Japanese Bookbinding, Adapted by Stephan, Barbara B., Trumbull, Connecticut: Weatherhill, pp. 12–13, 16, ISBN 0-8348-0196-5