We’ve decided to bring back our beloved Print Term Tuesday this week and spread some knowledge about the print world. Today, we’re talking about the deckle edge.
The deckle edge was unavoidable until the 19th century as it was a byproduct of the papermaking process. As the papermaking process evolved and the rough edge became unnecessary, the deckle edge became more of a status symbol. In today’s world, however, the deckle edge is more of a conscious design choice, and it appears that fad as faded as book buyers hold mixed feelings about the appearance of rough edges. Some are for it and feel it adds to the theme of the book, while others are strongly against it.
During the papermaking process, paper begins as a suspension of fibres in a water slurry that is drained through a screen. The deckle edge gets it’s name from the frame (a deckle) being placed around the screen to keep the slurry contained. The deckle cannot form a perfect seal against the screen and allows the fibres to seep under its edge creating the rough-edged pattern.
We’ve heard mixed feelings about the deckle edge. What do you think …love it or leave it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.