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A nipping press is a small press used by bookbinders for various bookbinding purposes. Originally the nipping press was designed to make the gutters or ‘hinges’ on the covers of hardbound books; the process of which was done in the following way:
A book was covered in material and as the glue was still drying, two nipping boards where placed top and bottom of the book and clamped in the press until dry. Nipping boards are made from roughly 1/2 inch thick wood with a metal strip attached at one end, this metal strip is slightly wider than the boards; when clamped, these boards pinched (or ‘nipped’) the hinges of the book and when dried, created the groove.