Wire-O is a well-known and widely used method for binding magazines and product presentations, etc. Holes are punched into the sheets of paper and a metal or platic spiral comb is inserted.
The diameter of the spiral wire comb and the grammage of the paper will determine how many sheets can be bound together. Spiral wires are made of individual loops. They are available in different colours, which makes them very popular design elements. Spiral binding is ideal to join many different materials in one end product. As an additional benefit this binding technique does produce very long-lasting results.
A further advantage of spiral-bound books is that they do not close automatically, but stay open. Wire-O Binding allows the user to turn over individual pages by 360 degrees. This is also the reason why this binding method is used frequently for training documents, wall calendars and cookbooks.
Wire-O Binding is easy to use, suitable for small print runs and can be realized with small desktop devices. The gaps between the individual holes depend on the thickness of the book. The most common hole-patterns are 2 holes per inch (2:1) (23 holes on one A4 sheet) and 3:1 (34 holes on one A4 sheet).
And last, but not least: Wire-O Binding was invented in England.