A selection of quality bookbinding and conservation tools you won’t find anywhere else!

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A high quality French-style leather paring knife; complete with sharpening guide, holder and box. Manufactured in small batches in the UK and hand-sharpened by Arthur, these knives are super sharp and ready to go!

Price: £150 + £4.20 p & p (Royal Mail, Signed For, 2nd Class).


Specification: 2mm thick O1 steel (60+Rockwell) which is hard enough to maintain a fine edge but still easy to sharpen.  The cutting edge has a hollow-ground bevel, making the knife easier to hone by hand. The knife has an ergonomic rose wood handle; top-mounted in a tried-and-tested design pioneered by Jeff Peachey, which enables the user to hold the blade at the low angles necessary for leather paring. The knife is mounted on a protective holder for safety and to help preserve the sharp edge. For guidance on sharpening a French paring knife, please see my YouTube video Here.


Unique sharpening guide: A simple strop should maintain the edge for many years but, when the time comes, the knife includes our Green’s Books sharpening guide. This simple widget is for use with a water-fed grinding wheel, allowing the user to re-grind the edge whilst maintaining a consistent radius.

Review: “It’s lovely. Thank you for the clever housing and packaging. My first sharp knife – it works beautifully THANK YOU”. Wanda Robins, Book Conservator.

Availability: Coming soon; contact us to order.

Hand crafted in the UK, these unique paste pots are designed especially for bookbinders and conservators with an integrated brush rest in the rim.

Price: £35 + £5.10 p & p (Royal Mail, Signed For, 2nd class).

Size: 80mm diameter.

Colours: Green; Pink; Grey; Yellow.

Availability: In stock.

Gift voucher

Give the gift of a workshop at Green’s Books with one of our beautifully hand-printed gift vouchers.

Vouchers may be redeemed as payment for bookbinding or conservation workshops throughout the year. Workshops must be pre-booked and vouchers used within 12 months of issue.

Availability: In stock.



Leather-covered weightLeather-covered steel weights in two sizes; a small general purpose weight, and a large sewing weight ideal for holding sections in place whilst working on a sewing frame.

Price: Large: 30.00 + p & p. Small: £12.50 + p & p.

Size: Large (sewing weights): 200mm x 40mm x 17mm. Small: 25mm x 50mm x 20mm.

Colours: Blue; Green; Red; Black.

Availability: In stock.

High quality bookbinder’s strop.

Price: TBC.

Availability: Coming soon; contact us to order.

Brass cube

Brass cubes.

1″ and 1.5″ precision-machined brass cubes – incredibly useful for constructing boxes and squaring boards when lacing-on.

Price: 1″ TBC; 1.5″ TBC.

Availability: Coming soon; contact us to order.






Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles


Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles, 1660-1800 / Stuart Bennett.

London; Newcastle, DE: The British Library; Oak Knoll Press, 2004.

Condition: Very good.

Price: £60 + £7.20 p & p (Royal Mail, Signed For, 2nd class).



Bookcloth 1823 -1980Bookcloth: 1823-1980. A Study of Early Use and the Rise of Manufacture, Winterbottom’s Dominance of the Trade in Britain and America, Production Methods and Costs and the Identification of Qualities and Designs / William Tomlinson & Richard Masters.

Stockport: Dorothy Tomlinson, 1996.

Condition: Fine.

Price: £60 + £5.10 p & p (Royal Mail, Signed For, 2nd class).



Douglas Cockerell bookSOLD!

Bookbinding, and the Care of Books: A Text-book for Bookbinders and Librarians / Douglas Cockerell.

London: John Hogg, 1901 (First edition).

Condition: Very good. Slightly bumped corners with some light discolouration to back paper cover; otherwise a very tight, clean copy.

Price: £55 + £5.10 p & p (Royal Mail, Signed For, 2nd class).

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