Comb Binding is one of the most common mechanical binding systems. It is a simple, inexpensive yet versatile way to bind your documents. Books bound with plastic combs use round plastic combs (or plastic spines) that are inserted through rectangular holes punched in the document. Combs are then chosen to match the spine size of the document. Combs are relatively sturdy, although they will need to be protected from damage if you are going to send your document through the mail. They can easily be opened to insert new pages if you need to update your document. Books cannot be opened 360°, so choose a different method (such as plastic coil) if you need that feature.
Combs are most commonly used to bind books printed on Letter or A4 paper, but they can be easily cut to fit any size paper from about 3.5 inches up. Just about any type of paper that can be printed on can be bound. Clear, solid, or window Binding Covers are most commonly used to keep the pages from being damaged.
You will need a Comb Binding Machine such as those offered by GBC Binding to punch the rectangular holes in your paper and covers and to hold the combs open to insert pages. These features are commonly found on a single machine, but some types designed for production use do only punching or only binding. You will need one of each if your binding volume is high enough that you need to separate these operations.
Plastic combs are sometimes called spiral combs or spiral bindings. These terms are also used to refer to plastic coil, so be certain you have the right type before ordering. See our tutorial page for more information on the difference between these two binding methods.
We are pleased to offer some of the top brands in comb binding machines, including GBC binding. Browse our great selection of comb binding machines including the popular GBC Binding / Ibico EPK 21 Plastic Comb Binding Machine. We also offer a large selection of Laminating Machines, Paper Cutters, Coil Binding Machines, and Tape Binding Machines. Consult with our knowledgeable staff if there is a particular GBC binding machine or Ibico binding product you require.