I'm about to buy paper on the internet, and the only difference I see between cut edge and deckle(d) edge paper is the price: deckle edge paper is a little more expensive than cut edge paper.

What is the difference between cut edge and deckle edge paper, and what are they used for?

Please answer with simple wording, since English is not my first language.

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To answer your question, I will give a simple overview of the papermaking process:

Paper is made out of the fibres, mostly of wood or cloth.
These fibres are beaten to a pulp, and put in a bath with water.

Now, the deckle is the (wooden) frame that is used to control the size of the paper:

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Mold and deckle (source)

This deckle lies on top of the mold, and these are used to scoop pulp out of the bath.
As the water drains through the mesh (the netting on the top of the mold), the pulp will stay inside the frame of the deckle, and the fibres in the pulp will settle.
They will not form a straight edge, but a wavy and irregular, or 'feathered' edge: this is called the 'deckle edge'. They can be seen as the original or natural edge.
Often, however, paper sheets are cut to remove these deckle edges, and these are called 'cut edges'.

The difference between the two is almost purely aesthetic: the deckle edge gives a more authentic or original look to paper.
But it also is often a sign that a paper was handmade: higher quality papers used for the arts often have deckle edges to separate them from cheaper machine-made paper (since the machines used for paper-making produce paper on rolls, so no deckles are used).

  • If anything is unclear, please let me know!
    – Joachim
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 12:25
  • Very Thanks!, now is for me more cleary the difference..I'll Lokta Paper to sell and a Shop from Nepal send to me a List, and I not Understand the difference, now, yes.. I wish your a nice Day!
    – dsaj34v
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 12:56
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    When working with large sheets of paper in printmaking we would not cut the paper for smaller works, we would tear them to size using a long heavy straight edge. That gives a natural looking rough edge that we considered "deckled" as well.
    – rebusB
    Commented Apr 16, 2021 at 17:43

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