Japanese Book Drill
Here's one of my favorite tools -- the Japanese Book Drill, also known as a
Japanese Screw Punch! This one comes complete with all seven drill
(NEW 5.0mm bit available separately! Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about the new, larger bit.)
This handy book drill makes decorative holes and book-binding a breeze!
With just light downward pressure, the shaft spins the
drill bit, making beautifully smooth holes in
* paper and cardstock
* mat board,
* illustration board, and
* book board!
This is the genuine Japanese screw punch (not the knock-off). The genuine Japanese screw punch has the patent number or the words "screw punch made in Japan" etched on the brass shaft. The genuine screw punch is a very well-made product, with a maple wood handle and a brass shaft.
Because you only need one hand to use the drill, the other hand is free to hold the paper firm. You can easily drill a small stack of paper or card stock at once (and then round the corners with the Lite-Touch PRO Corner Rounder!). When I took mine out of the box, I drilled a hole in the center of magazine with three easy pushes -- it took only seconds! You can drill through 16 sheets of paper (I tested this on a legal pad) at once.
The Japanese Book Drill with seven hollow point bits -- in sizes 1mm,1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm -- will give you an incredible array of choices for book binding. The smallest bits are great for waxed threads like those used in Japanese stab binding, and the larger bits will allow the use of book posts, leather cord, and other thick binding media.
Bits are separate and easily interchangeable, and not on a rotary wheel like leather hole punches. And unlike drill presses, this will drill holes anywhere on a page, not just at the edge of the paper. (It's perfect for drilling clock centers, for example.) This is much easier to use than I expected -- a very versatile tool!
It is a great tool for those of you who own my Spiral Coil Binding System, because with the Japanese book drill, you can drill holes in heavier materials such as mat board and book board for your book covers.
Japanese book drill, plus all seven hollow-point drill bits --
Includes plastic tool case: $69.95
NEW! Many of you have asked
for a larger bit, and we are happy to announce that we have a new 5.0mm bit
in stock now! Purchase
the new 5.0 bit, and receive a plastic 8-compartment case for storing
your 8 book drill bits or small embellishments.
5.0 bit for the Japanese book drill plus storage box: $6.95
Need just the bits?
I have heard from several customers who bought the Japanese Screw Punch from stores that offered it for sale with only one bit and were searching for the complete set of bit sizes. For those customers, I am offering a package of just the seven drill bits, without the drill itself. Drill bits included: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 mm.
Set of seven bits (without book drill): $39.95
Waxed linen thread for bookbinding
Speaking of bookbinding... Because we have been supplying Japanese book drills to students in "Ticket to Venice" and other popular online journal classes taught by Mary Ann Moss, we have added waxed linen to our product line. We now carry 4-ply waxed linen thread in 25-foot rolls!