Holy Bound Rebinders Review

Holy Bound Rebinders Review


Today, I am reviewing a Bible rebind done by Holy Bound. This Bible was already rebound when I acquired it. The Bible was not provided for a review nor was this review solicited by the binder. I sourced this Bible on my own.

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The Bible

This was a hardcover to leather conversion in black cowhide leather. I chose the MacArthur Study Bible in the NIV because it is my favorite of the MacArthur Study Bibles.


The Leather Cover

This is a black cowhide leather with a paste down lining. The leather is a little thin but it does feel substantial enough that I don’t think there would be any issues using it on a regular basis; it has been my every day carry Bible since its arrival.



Holy Bound offers leathers of varying thickness, as I said this leather is a little on the thinner end of the spectrum. The choice of a thinner leather is the choice to make if you want an inexpensive rebind, especially if you are a tight budget or if you are just getting your feet wet with rebinding.


I do recommend spending the additional money for a bit thicker leather. I have handled many leathers over the years and I can tell you that, while cowhide is a sturdy leather, you do want a measure of thickness for a Bible.


For most of you, a paste down liner will not be a problem. Here in Arizona, though, I will most likely need to replace the lining within a couple years as most book pastes cannot withstand Arizona’s punishing heat.


Believe it or not, a paste down liner does have advantages especially with a thinner leather. The advantage a paste down liner gives you is to offset the limpness of the leather and make the Bible feel sturdier. I actually think this is a good idea, using a paste down liner.


The Conversion

I am not 100% certain that the NIV MacArthur Study Bible has a sewn binding but it does appear that Holy Bound reinforced the  spine and the binding before attaching the leather cover.


Two very long, and I mean almost as long as in an Allan Bible, red satin ribbons were added. Two ribbons is the minimum that I look for in a quality Bible, since most reading plans have a OT and an NT reading for each day and you want to properly mark your place in your plan. I also look for the ribbons to be long enough to lift the corner of the Bible sufficiently to get a finger in and open the Bible. Note: you don’t use only the ribbon to open the Bible as even the most careful person can tear a Bible page by only using the ribbon to open it.



It is hard to go wrong with the classic color combination of black leather and red ribbons.


I do prefer a fully grained Bible cover but in this case the ironed cowhide is fairly well done.


Overall Impression

The rebind is nicely done. I would say that it is more of an entry level rebind. That is not to say that there are any quality issues. As I said,  this is for rebind on a budget; you get quality work at a fairly low price, probably 1/3 to ½ of of the cost of other rebinders.


I do recommend that you spend a little extra money for thicker leather. A thicker leather will withstand more heavy use than a thin leather and, in the event of a drop, it will be more impervious to damage.

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