Deckle Edge

We are trying to figure out a a way to use the windmill to make a deckel edge. Our idea is to use rule such as score or perf rule and lockup with standard furniture. The thought process is to give it a weak hit only breaking 30-40% of the way into the sheet and then using that edge as our oull away point and shread the fibers as we tear away. We are trying to find a souce for a wavy or rolling edge rule stock. We dont want a straight edge. If anyone knows of such a resouce let us know

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It used to be quite common for photo prints to be given a “deckle” edge by diecutting with a wavy rule, but there was little similarity to a real paper deckle. I’m certain the rules are still available from a rule supplier.

One way to simulate a deckle is to fold the paper and then moisten the folded edge. Let the sheets set for a few minutes before pulling them apart, leaving a rough edge quite similar to a traditional handmade deckle edge.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press

Take a small pile of card, holding firmly down, run the blade of a screw driver down each side at an angle going both ways so each side has a criss cross pattern. That’s how I’ve always done it.

I make my own deckle edge rule. Just pay your nearest die maker for some that is premade(there are various types of wave rule available and some can simulate deckle edge) and if they don’t have any they can make you up a piece. When I make mine I bend the rule so that it will fit into a 1/8” slot or between 2 pieces of furniture. Note my die room is captive not a jobbing shop anymore.
That should get you started in yer serch.

I have a very small deckle edge hand guillotine. Hand chopper style, with wavy blade and matching wavy edge. Sort of works, on say a 5 x 3 inch card. By no means a proper deckle, just a wavy edge. Decidedly blunt, despite very careful work trying to sharpen with a needle file. Originally for photographic use, I believe.

Hi Mike, thanks for the feedback. It was kind a silly idea that sort of made conceptual sense and maybe few Cents at the same time. It is nice to know that at least the idea is not to wacky to work.

None of the recommendations above would mimic a real deckle edge. There were a few commercial trade sources that actually put deckles on sheets. (Curiously the name Pebblers and Decklers was one.) They also would do gold stamping, and foiled and painted edges.

Their technique would be to splay a small lift of sheets, offsetting the edge or each sheet back from the one before by a very small amount. Clamp the lift between two boards and run the splayed edge on a grinding wheel. I’ve seen it done, it is reasonably effective if you have the tools and interest.
Steve Varvaro
Southpaw Printers

Steve, thanks for the info. That sounds like a interesting way of working with it.