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Understanding paperweights
can be difficult. Trust us, we know. So we here at have designed this sheet to try and simplify the different
terms you may hear in association with paperweight. The term paperweight, and number
corresponding with each weight, refers to the thickness and sturdiness of the paper, not the actual
weight of the sheet. This is why, sometimes, the same "weight" paper may be referred to as two
different things. For instance, regular everyday copy paper is most commonly referred to as a "20 lb.
bond" but is other times referred to as a "50 lb. text weight." To eliminate as much confusion as
possible, we have chosen GSM as our conversion reference point because it is a definite
and universal measure of the paper. GSM stands for grams per square meter,
which is the actual weight of the sheet.

*Please remember that the greater the "lb" associated with a paper not always determines that it is a thicker sheet. Notice that the 67lb Vellum Bristol has a lower gsm than a 65lb cover because they are two different categories of cardstocks and are scaled differently.

We hope this clarifies the difference between paperweights, and gives you a better understanding of what will fit your application best! With any further questions, please feel free to contact us anytime 401-244-8487

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