What Is Wire Binding?

Wire binding is the most popular binding spine when looking for a high-quality method of binding documents that need to look professional with a clean finish.  Similar to the coil binding method, books bound with wires lay flat and the sheets can flip a full 360° from front to back, making it an ideal solution for notebooks, journals, and calendars, when paired with our calendar hangers.  Wire binding is a slightly more expensive binding method than comb or coil binding, but the results it produces are truly beautiful.

Wire binding requires three tools:

  1. A manual or electric punch will punch the holes needed to insert the wire through the spine of your document. The most common pitches (the number of holes punched per inch) with wire-bound items are 3:1, 2:1, and 19 loop wire (sometimes called Spiral O). Many wire punches will have die which can be fully disengaged (you can select certain areas from having holes punched through them). Some wire binders can also be interchanged with spiral binders or even comb binders, just by switching out the accompanying die sets (usually you will have to buy additional die separately). If you use 19 loop wire with a multi-purpose comb or coil machine, you may need to purchase a separate wire closer.
  2. Many wire binders have wire closers built in. However, if not, you can purchase a separate manual or electric wire closer.
  3. Wire bindings are purchased separately, and come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are the most expensive of the three “punch and bind” methods but also the most professional and longest-lasting method.

(Don’t forget the cover! A durable plastic, PVC, or stiff paper cover will add longevity to your coil-bound document. Popp Binding and Laminating offers a wide variety of covers to choose from!)