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Is it really bone? Why so big?,
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I have always done origami by hand, no bone folders, but when I saw a seasoned origami artist using one on a YouTube video, I had second thoughts. Truthfully, I had never seen such a thing and thought it was brilliant. I pictured those crisp, clean folds being cleanly created without my fingernails ruining my favorite yuzen origami paper that costs $1 a sheet. So, I ordered the most popular one on Amazon. First off, it says it's bone, but feels like it's plastic. I have no way to prove this. At least I can't think of a logical way to prove it without ruining the folder itself. Secondly, it is big. I am a woman, and no, I haven't got "man hands", but I do have big hands, and this folder still manages to feel ungainly in my hands. Also, because of it's size, I have trouble seeing past it to see what I'm trying to do while scoring the paper. I have yet been able to make a score mark where I intended to because I can't see the surface I'm working on. Maybe I should've done more research before buying it. I know that there are smaller bone folders available. I let the Amazon reviews guide me in my choice of which to purchase. The reviews can't always be right for me I guess. So, my review summary (and this is my opinion, not fact) is like this: If you want a plasticy-feeling folder that barely fits in your hands, maybe this will be good for you, but I doubt that it will work for anyone doing origami or any other small work on 4" or smaller paper. I'm buying a different one this week, maybe I'll have better luck next time!
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2012 4:06:19 PM PDT
Keith Feisel says:
I would be interested in knowing what Bone Folder you ended up with... Thanks.
Posted on Sep 10, 2015 8:32:36 PM PDT
Rub the folder on a tooth. If is bone you will detect a slight roughness to it that is too fine to feel with your finger. Plastic will be too smooth to feel either way, finger or tooth.
It does not mean it isn't highly polished it is just the nature (no pun intended) of the material. It is also a way to tell real pearls from plastic ones.
Posted on Nov 12, 2015 3:23:05 PM PST
I don't believe that the product is supposed to be made out of bone. The craft tool itself is called a "Bone Folder", it is made of plastic.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2015 6:18:23 AM PST
Go to Dick Blick and look up the bone folders made by Lineco. They have small ones and it states that they are made from real bone.
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