Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Fourdrinier wire

An endless belt of woven wire used on the wet end of the FOURDRINIER MACHINE , and on which the web of paper is initially formed. The warp wire is generally of phosphor bronze and the shute (weft) wire of brass. In recent years, other metals and nonmetallic materials have been used. The number of warp wires per inch and the number of shute wires determine the mesh of the wire, the warp count varying from 8 to 225, the most common being 55, 60, 70, and 75. (17 , 62 , 67 )

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