10 Best Bone Folder Tools
10 Best Bone Folder Tools
4.9 (97.5%) 16 vote[s]
VENCINK
Precise and flexible control
Durable genuine bone
Not inferior plastic/wood
Fiskars 157650-1001
Durable plastic
Pointed tip
Genuine Fiskars quality
Books by Hand
A must have tool
Bone folder for bookbinding
Bookbinder №1 tool
Teflon Bone Folder
Smooth Teflon
Original fabricator
Used by Bookbinders
Polished Bone Folder
For getting crisp
Natural bovine bone
Leather crafting tool
Paper Craft Tools
Set of 4
Glide effortlessly on paper
Portable, Lightweight
ARTEZA Bone Folders
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Light-weight And Durable
4 versatile shapes
Lineco Bone Folders
Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 0.2 in
Weight: 0.32 ounces
Cattle Bone
Burnishing Bookbinding
100% Genuine Bone
Tool for paper creasing
Multipurpose
Ioffersuper Traditional
Made from genuine bone
Great for creasing paper
Not inferior plastic/wood

If you are not a newbie in the leathercraft hobby, then you have probably heard or even used a bone folder. People who just make the first steps will find this review more interesting because I explain the basics of picking a bone folder for leathercraft.

The purpose of using bone folders for leather

Bone folder resembles a flat stick used for smoothing the edges, for marking and smoothing the rough places when creating any leather products. Many craftsmen pick this tool when they need to smooth leather in the places where the seams were glued, in folds and other difficult to access places. The average thickness of this tool is about 3-4 mm, the length is 16 cm. With the help of a stone or bone folder, you may receive a product with even and wide edges.

When you buy this tool in a shop or online, make sure to check the design. One end of a bone folder must be sharp, the other one has to be dull. Despite the title, top-notch tools of this kind can be made of different sturdy materials – animal bones, stone, hardwood, plexiglass.

An excellent tool for applying glue to joints, seams and other hard-to-reach places in leather products. Bone folders are good for smoothing any rubber glue used for bags and shoes.

Top 5 bone folders for leather

Taking into account all above-mentioned features of bone folders for leather, I recommend to buy such tools for your DIY projects:\

  1. VENCINK made a tool of genuine bone, for precise and flexible control;
  2. Fiskars bone folder is made of very durable plastic, it has a pointed tip. Like all Fiskars tools, it has supreme quality;
  3. Books by Hand is just a must-have instrument for bookbinding and leathercraft;
  4. Teflon tool is a very smooth bone folder favorable for any fine leather;
  5. Polished tool is made of genuine bovine bone. It is good for crafting crisp edges;

These U.S. manufacturers provide awesome tools as well: Paper Craft Tools, ARTEZA, Burnishing Bookbinding, Ioffersuper Traditional.
If you have never used a bone folder for leather before, I posted a very good video. Please make sure to watch before asking any questions. However, feel free to ask or share anything about the use of these tools.

Video Guide: How to Use a Bone Folder


Hello, my name is Steve and I’m an author of the blog “Leather Toolkits“. The beauty is in simplicity, so learn, train, and make your life maximally simple by creating things that will please people for many years. Let your hobby grow into something more and make this world brighter! Hope, in this blog you will find answers to all of your questions.

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4 Comments

  1. Great idea! I haven’t personally ever used one of these, but am looking into purchasing the Teflon Bone Folder. It gets old trying to crease folds all day long, and I think this tool would really help me increase productivity.

    1. James, I agree completely. I’ve never owned or used one of these, but after reading this post and seeing how to use one of these folders I think I am going to get one as well. Cheers!

  2. A bone folder is a must-have tool for both leatherworking and bookbinding (a hobby of mine). It’s a wonderful tool with a multitude of uses and there’s really no suitable substitute.

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