At KKPDC we offer both coil and comb binding in addition to saddle stitching. Coil and comb are similar binding processes but the finished products definitely have different looks. Either way, binding is a great way to finish an important presentation or project. We have samples of bound materials in the shop so you can choose the look you want for your job.
To start the job, regardless of the type of binding method chosen, holes are punched in the side or top of the document. Coil binding holes are small and round. Comb binding holes are longer and rectangular. The holes typically run the entire length of the side of the document to be bound. The thicker the document, the longer it will take to be bound as machines can only punch precisely through so much paper at one time. (Pricing may also be different for very thick materials.) Because the paper is punched during the binding process, you should keep important text or images away from the edge that will be bound.
With coil binding, a continuous spiral piece of heavy-duty plastic is wound through the punched holes and then the ends are crimped with crimping pliers. With comb binding, a piece of light plastic with teeth (like a large comb) goes through the holes. Both types of binding require the appropriate machines to complete the job. Coil and comb bindings come in various colors. Black is our standard color and we carry it in many sizes. But there are many other colors which can be special ordered depending on the size of your job. The right size binding must be used for your application. Binding size depends on the thickness of the book as well as the length of the edge to be bound.
We also offer covers and backs for bound books. Our standard setup is a clear plastic front with a black vinyl back, but card stock is also quite popular.
Many people like to wait for us to bind their materials. It only takes a few minutes per book, so if we’re not too busy working on other projects this could be an option for you too.
I hope we covered everything you want to know about coil binding and comb binding in DC. Do you have any questions about the binding methods we offer? Please feel free to ask them below.