New Tool! – Japanese Hole Punch

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I have had my eye on one of these for quite some time now. A Japanese hole punch is different from a standard hole punch in a few ways. When you push down on the handle, the metal bit twists, drilling down through your paper and leaving a nice clean hole. I am very happy with my purchase, although I did get along fine without it until now. Even so, I have already used it many times in just the last week. It punches so smoothly that it is fun to use.

Pros:

  • Allows you to punch a hole anywhere in a page and is not restricted to the edges like a standard hand held punch.
  • Leaves your other hand free to hold your paper in place
  • Easily punches through five or more sheets of standard copy paper. Also punches through chip board and leather.
  • Quiet (compared to a hammer and punch!)
  • A variety of bit sizes to choose from
  • Easy to change bits

Cons:

  • Expensive (upwards of $30, plus the bits)
  • Cannot punch through book board and thick stacks of paper

If you are interested in buying a Japanese hole punch, look for one made in Japan and also look for one that comes with a selection of bit sizes. I bought mine locally at Hiromi Paper International. There are a variety of other places online to purchase one as well. Just do a search for Japanese paper drill, or Japanese hole punch.

7 Responses to “New Tool! – Japanese Hole Punch”

  1. Elke Says:

    I love that one! I will need to check whether these are also available in Germany. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Elizabeth Rosemond Says:

    Thanks so much for this info! I’ve been contemplating one, but I really wanted it to punch through bookboard. I may have to rethink it!

  3. Mike Says:

    Martha Stewart has a similar one I have been using it for a while.

  4. Stephanie Rudolph Says:

    I have one of these fabulous tools and have been using it for over 10 years. I use mine to punch thru bookboard all the time. It may take a couple of tries to get thru the board, but it is definitely “do-able.” Have fun with your new tool!!

  5. erinzam Says:

    Thanks Stephanie! I must need to try a few more times to get through bookboard… I was nervous about dulling the punches, but sounds like it has worked out well for you.

  6. holly Says:

    the martha stewart punch works well, sadly will not punch through thin birch sheets that i am using for covers, but will make enough of a mark that you can flip it over and punch through from the other side.

  7. erinzam Says:

    Thanks, Holly, for your notes on the Martha Stewart Punch. I noticed it in Michaels and was curious as to how well it worked. Sounds like it is similar to this one, although I haven’t tried to punch through wood paper yet. Hmm, something to try!

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