Hartnack and Company specialise in making bespoke and custom surgical portfolio binders in a variety of materials and colours. They can be made to any size requirement as well as be personalised on the front cover. The objective of commissioning a H&Co portfolio is to have a truly distinctive portfolio to present for interviews.
There are a number of considerations that you need to make when ordering your surgical or medical portfolio and we have laid these out below.
We make two types of binding mechanisms applicable for surgical and medical portfolios. The screw post system and the ring binder system. Both are capable of holding large volumes of paper and page protectors.
Our standard ring binder mechanisms are available in the following lengths; 2cm, 4cm, 5cm. These dimension's refer to gap from top top bottom of the binder, therefore by measuring the height of what's going into your portfolio, you'll be to work out what size binder you require.
As well as standard ring binder mechanism's, we are also able to a variety of other sizes as well, the largest of which is 12cm.
The leather ring binder below has 50 page protectors in it.
A leather ring binder with 50 page protector pockets (above) while below is 12cm binder 150 page protectors.
Screw posts, or, to give them their precise name "Chicago Screw Posts", are tubes with a cap at either end. You unscrew one end of the cap and place the pages or page protectors through the punched hole. Once they are all in you screw the other end of the cap up.
The length of posts can vary, depending upon how much needs to be inserted in the binder.
We make three different screw post binders.
Exposed Screw Post Binder
Pros: Our simplest and therefore cheapest of binders. Also flexibility, the length of posts can be easily swapped which means the portfolio can have things added or taken out without a problem.
Cons - There is no spine cover included in the product.
The product page can be found here
The portfolio above has 40 page protectors, the portfolio below 100.
Enclosed Screw Post Portfolio
Pros - Very clean looking outer cover, as close to a book cover as possible. Can be made to fit any length of screw post.
Cons - The spine is a fixed size, therefore there is very, very little flexibility as to the number of pages you can insert into the book after you have received it. Therefore you need to get the post length right from the word go.
The product page can be found here
Hidden Screw Post Portfolio Book
Pros - The screw heads are hidden from sight under flaps. Can be made to fit any length of screw post. A spine cover is included as standard.
Cons - Not as flexible in terms of volume of pages. These are made to fit at certain per-ordered spine thickness, while the posts can be changed for longer or smaller ones, you would have to discard the spine cover (or order a new one).
The product page for this product can be found here.
In the past we done a number of these for surgical portfolios. Below is an example with a 6cm spine cover. The portfolio has 70 page protectors inserted.
Clamshell Box Portfolios
Our final offer is the clamshell box portfolio or box file.
Pros: They make a statement. They can be ordered with either a ring binder mechanism or screw posts.
Cons: Have to allow for future growth, once you specify the size of the box and binder it can't be made bigger. Price
Clamshell boxes can be found here
If your medical and surgical portfolio is going to handled a quite a bit we strongly recommend you specify a Buckram outer cover (it’s sometimes referred to as it less technical name ‘the shinny material’)
Buckram is material that has an acrylic coating which gives it a water resistance and is therefore wipeable.
Our standard book cloth is very tactile, but is rayon material and while more attractive than buckram it is not water resistant and can not be easily cleaned.
That said it does make for a good inner cover material as it provides a contrast to the buckram on the outside in appearance and texture.
There is no extra charge for having more than one material for your portfolio.
Another choice for portfolios leather. We offer black and brown in either 3mm or 2.5mm and both are available as ring binders or screw post binders.
A link to our fabric swatch page can be found here
There are two main options for personalising your medical portfolio. Your name can be stamped/embossed onto the cover as a Blind Deboss which is a deep impression with no colour. The second option is that your name can be foil stamped on to the cover. For small extra cost it can also be stamped onto the spine as well. There is no limit or extra cost to the size of the personalisation and over how many lines, therefore - Nicholas Hartnack & Medical Portfolio can appear on two lines at no extra cost.
An example of blind debossing is seen below.
Below is an example of foil stamping
Lastly, there is also an option to have your name foiled onto a plaque as seen below.
More information can be found out about personalisation on this link here
If you have any further questions, as always drop us a line or give us a ring. Our details can be found on the Contact Page.
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