There are three types of wire binding: 9/16" (19
loop), 2:1 (21 Loop), & 3:1 (32 Loop). 19 loop wire is
referred to as 9/16" because there is 9/16" spacing
between the punched holes. This is the same punch configuration
as plastic comb bind. 2:1 or 3:1 is the ratio of holes per
inch. For example, 2:1 has 2 holes punched in every inch on
the binding edge.
- have pages that can rotate 360 Degrees
- lay flat
- have a professional appearance
- are secure
9/16" (19-loop) wire is an easy way to upgrade
from comb binding, because this wire fits the same hole pattern
that is punched by a plastic comb punch. If you have a comb
binding machine, you may decide to purchase one of our inexpensive
wire closers. A standalone loop wire closer is required, as
you cannot close wire binding with a plastic comb spreader.
19-loop wire is available in 1/4" to 1" increments.
3:1 (32-loop) wire is the most popular of the three
sizes of wire bind. It is available in 3/16" to 9/16"
increments, and will not bind books over 9/16" thick.
2:1 (21-loop) wire is a great alternative to 32-loop
wire if you are binding books thicker than 9/16". It
is available in 1/4" to 1-1/4" increments, and may
be special ordered in 1-1/8" and 1-1/4" sizes.
#1: Punch the sheets to be bound.
#2: Rotate your back page to the front of your document
(this will hide where your wire closes for a more professional
look), and insert the wire into the punched holes by hand.
#3: Place your book into the wire closer with the open side
of the wire touching the back of the closing wall. Pull the
handle down with light pressure.
#4: Rotate your back cover to the front, and your book is