We use paper nearly every day and many times refer to paper as “bond.” However, bond paper is a very specific type and has many uses.
Bond is a type of paper typically used for writing, photocopying and printing. It is the most common type of paper available. Standard U.S. sizes are 8.5 x 11 inches (letter), 8.5 x 14 inches (legal) and 11 x 17 inches (tabloid).
Some bond papers are made with cotton fibers in addition to wood pulp. The percentage of cotton, or “rag” as it is sometimes called, can range from 20 to 100 percent. Bond paper with rag content is the highest quality and is also the most expensive.
Bond paper, especially that made with rag content, is used for letterhead, envelopes and stationery. Fliers, letters, note pads and brochures are usually made from less expensive bond paper with no rag content. Regular bond paper is the paper of choice for use in copiers and printers.
There is a wide range of colors available for regular bond paper. Bond paper with rag content is typically only available in white, ivory, cream and sometimes gray shades.
Bond weights range from 13 to 40 lbs. The most typical weights are 20 and 24 lb. with 13 and 40 lb. being hard to find. Many copiers and printers cannot image the lightest or heaviest weights of bond paper. The standard weight for most office machines is 20 lb.