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Re: Kraft paper (was Sugar Cane paper--is it acidic?)
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- Subject: Re: Kraft paper (was Sugar Cane paper--is it acidic?)
- From: Betty Storz <storz@MCN.ORG>
- Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 06:26:37 -0700
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At 05:05 PM 7/10/98 +0000, you wrote:
>> The paper that Ediciones Vigia uses in their books is mostly
>> supplied by the government. They receive it in huge rolls that they
>> then cut up to the required size. It was described to me as being made
>> industrial waste. Recycled. It contains a good deal of sugar cane fiber
>> that is the waste by-product which remains after making rum, etc. It
>> reminds me most of the paper used in making paper grocery bags only with
>> more chunky bits....Although I haven't tested it, it is almost certainly
Yes, Bob, the Kraft paper we use for grocery bags, wrapping paper
corrugated boxes, etc. is highly acidic. Not only that, it has very little
wet strength. I can't imagine it's holding up in hot, humid climates.
Your information on the brownish Egyptian and Indian papers, and on the AIC
paper on lignin was most interesting and informative.
>The recent paper given at AIC on lignin by a gentleman from CCI (I'm
>embarassed I don't remember his name) made out that a lot of the dangers
>of lignin have been overstated, and that if anything there is a gradual loss
>of brightness with age.
>Perhaps this could explain why a paper could be "brownish" and still be
>alkaline or neutral PH.
>Does brown mean bad? Perhaps all is not as it seems....
>Perhaps we could say the same thing about "craft paper" here in the US?
>Some binders swear by craft paper for all sorts of uses- hollows, box
>lining, spring back bindings, etc. etc.
>Yes, the fibers aren't alpha cellulose, and lignin free... but is that all
>I would love to hear others share their thoughts on this.
See my comment on our Kraft paper above. Yes, Jake, binders used to use
Kraft paper, and, no doubt, some still do. When I first got into
bookbinding/repair years ago, all the manuals recommended using it. After
I had taken apart the first few dilapidated books to restore and witnessed
the deterioration of the Kraft paper linings, I switched immediately to a
stronger material, such as acid-free bristol of a satisfactory weight,
barrier paper, strips cut from good endpaper stock, etc. I also use strips
cut from left-over acid-free wrapping paper I use for wrappers, grain in
the correct direction, of course.
Betty Storz email@example.com