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Re: [BKARTS] Cutters



Waqar,

Are the resulting 5.5x8.5 sheets to become pages in books? If so, are you
paying attention to the important question of paper grain? In standard
letter size paper, 8.5x11, the grain is in the long direction unless you
have ordered it specially cut "short" grain. If I understand you correctly,
you are turning a sheet of paper, folding it in half and cutting or tearing
it into two pieces. Doing that puts the grain direction crosswise to what
will be the spine of the book. This causes many problems in the finished
book, not the least being the pages will not turn easily.

One way to procure short-grain letter size paper, without special-ordering
it, is to buy half as much 11x17 paper, also grain-long,  and have it cut in
half at Kinko's or another print shop. (great idea, Ann) You will then have
the amount of short-grain 8.5x11 sheets you need. These may now be halved
again to provide 5.5x8.5 short-grain pages.

This whole question of grain can be very confusing. If I've succeeding in
mixing you up, please reply offlist and I'll try to clarify.

Betty


---- Original Message -----
From: "Waqar A. Khan" <wak2@CORNELL.EDU>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 3:03 AM
Subject: [BKARTS] Cutters


> A question about cutters. Well, first a bit of background. I'm printing
two
> 5.5x8.5 pages on standard letter size(8.5x11) paper, and therefore need to
> cut these in half very precisely. Right now I only deal with a very small
> number and so it's feasible to fold and rip by hand. This has given
> surprisingly precise results. But, things might be heating up soon, so I'm
> casting about for alternatives. One is the pre-perforated paper I sent a
> message about a few days back. The second is a cutter. The type that can
> cut through 100+ pages seems to cost close to a thousand dollars, far
> beyond the budget I have right now. This leaves cutters. My question is,
> for the $100-200 range, which would be a better alternative, rotary
cutters
> or the guillotine type ones with the blade that pivots down. Which is more
> precise and repeatable? Needs less blade replacement? And any other factor
> you might deem important.
>
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