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Big Thick and hard to fold is what you get with this super heavy weight 180 lb DT Cover. DT is for Double Thickness and that's exactly what you get. Premium, extra-smooth Navajo performs with lower dot gain, excellent ink holdout and the added benefit of improved opacity-all a result of Inxwell. Navajo writing offers a contemporary, versatile and simple line of papers for identity programs. It is the ideal cross-platform paper for modern sensibilities.

Product Uses

  • Brochure Covers
  • Business Cards
  • Card Making
  • Covers
  • Eco-Friendly Projects
  • Embellishments
  • Gift Tags
  • Graphic Design Projects
  • Greeting Cards
  • Hang Tags
  • Holiday Cards
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Packaging
  • Place Setting Cards
  • Report Covers
  • Scrapbooking
  • Signage
  • Wall Art


Mill Mohawk Fine Papers
Brand Navajo
Product Type Card Stock
Size 8 1/2 x 11
Printer Compatibility Offset Printing
Finish Smooth
Coating Uncoated
Grain Direction Grain Long
Paper Style Super Heavy
Eco Features
Elemental Chlorine Free Lignin Free Made Using Wind Power
Paper Weight
180 lb Cover DT 486 G/M2 Caliper 19.5 102 PPI
Brightness 98
Paperator™ Color Value
CMYK C = 10, M = 3, Y = 2, K = 2
RGB R = 241, G = 242, B = 232

Mohawk Navajo

Navajo Papers are easy to print on when following these simple hints. It is recommended to pre-test all printing procedures prior to press time to ensure the desired results are achieved.


Print Navajo like any conventional uncoated paper. If you plan to follow offset printing with digital printing or ink jet printing, be sure that the inks are compatible with those applications. Inxwell sheets have the following additional offset tips. Mohawk’s proprietary Inxwell technology creates an easy running sheet with a tight surface and exceptional opacity. Ink and toner sit on top of the sheet for better color, greater detail, and outstanding performance in all popular printing processes.


Printing requires a constant focus on consumables: inks, blankets, fountain solutions, and paper for the best printing and drying results. Navajo and Options have been engineered to work well within the wide variety of press conditions the market presents. The following review of standard lithography practices will ensure your success with Inxwell papers.

  1. 1) Compared with other uncoated papers, these grades provide unusually refined photographic reproduction. Ink saturation techniques for uncoated papers, such as UCR (under color removal) or GCR (gray component replacement) can be used for greater contrast, but are not necessary. With high ink holdout paper, sharp and smooth midtones and shadow areas are easy to achieve.
    Like other uncoated papers, a total print density range of 260% is a good target. Screen rulings from 150 to 200 lines per inch and even higher can be used with excellent results.
  2. 2) Mohawk’s Inxwell papers require less ink and water than other uncoated papers. Nominal wet ink densities should be close to: K-1.30, C-1.15, M-1.15, Y-0.85 for clean and sharp print.
  3. 3) Match colors will appear brighter and more saturated than on other uncoated papers.
  4. 4) Matte or dull varnish and aqueous coating can be used to help seal the sheet, a technique often used for rub protection on uncoated papers. Remember that inline varnish needs as much time to dry as a solid ink color.
  5. 5) As always, minimize water levels, and run with a conductivity below 2,000 micromhos and a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5 for optimal water performance.
  6. 6) Uncoated paper normally needs more drying time than coated paper. Good delivery practices are necessary on smooth finish, high ink holdout papers. The use of spray powder is advised. Large particle size powder, generally 30 to 40 microns, will separate the sheets for greater air circulation. Running with small stacks—500 - 700 sheet lifts—will help prevent ink set off.
  7. 7) The carton label reminds the printer that Mohawk Options and Navajo are high ink holdout papers.
  8. 8) The high opacity of the Inxwell papers may allow the use of a lighter weight sheet in some applications—great for postage costs. Opacity measures the proportion of light that does not penetrate the unprinted paper. The opacity of Navajo is two points higher than most other competitive grades.
  9. Inxwell papers perform well in all of the popular printing processes: For more information and samples, please call your local merchant or Mohawk at 1 800 the mill. www.mohawkpaper.com

    Navajo® and Inxwell® are proprietary trademarks of Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.

    End of Inxwell hints, used with permission.


Keep Navajo products wrapped until the moment of printing. It is essential to let the paper acclimate, for a minimum of 24 hours – longer during cold weather – in the press room while still wrapped in mill packaging. Keep Navajo products covered during drying, between passes and prior to any finishing work. Pressroom conditions should be as close as possible to 70 degrees, and 40-50% relative humidity.


Matte or dull varnish and aqueous coating are optional as a surface protector.


For best results, 100lb. text papers and all cover weights should be scored before folded. Folds against the grain, gatefolds, and folds running throughout heavily inked areas should also be scored. As a general rule of thumb, the correct creasing channel is determined by multiplying the paper’s caliper by two and then add the width of the creasing rule. (Note each 1 pt. of rule equals .014 inch). Mohawk recommends a minimum 2 pt. rule for all scores both with and against the grain. Sometimes a wider score must be added – but too much width can be worse than too little, causing the sheet to fold unevenly on one side of the score rather than the center. A double, parallel score can be used to keep it straight.


Navajo is suitable for all standard binding processes. It is important to plan for proper grain direction in all binding applications. Grain direction should run parallel to the spine for optimum results.


Laser guaranteed in digital and cut-size papers within the limits of the printer. This guarantee is extended after printing offset if Mohawk Preprinting guidelines for digital applications are followed.


Most Mohawk papers are engineered for high-performance on both offset and digital printing equipment. Many applications, such as forms and letterheads, require you to have folio-size sheets preprinted with offset lithography and trimmed down for subsequent printing in digital equipment. We guarantee our folio papers for these applications, provided standard industry guidelines for preprinting are followed. Please note that heatset web offset printing is not recommended for pre-printed shells.


Papers with good formation (an even distribution of fibers) and a smooth finish provide the best results in most digital equipment. Bright white paper will add to color brilliance, contrast and definition. Toner does not adhere well to uneven paper surfaces, so heavily textured or embossed papers are not recommended for traditional digital presses. Check the specifications of the digital printing equipment before running coated paper. The paper’s basis weight should fit within the equipment’s specifications. Some machines must run 20 to 24 lb. (70 to 90 gsm) paper; others have a much wider range. Plain paper samples for testing in digital printers are available. Paper merchants can provide samples of the specific paper grade, basis weight and size.

Although newer digital color production presses can run a wide range of substrates, HP Indigo presses have particular substrate limitations that have traditionally been solved by using sapphire-treated papers. Mohawk’s i- Tone® process was developed to overcome these issues, improving both toner adhesion and blanket memory. It enhances print quality on the HP Indigo, the Kodak NexPress, and the Xerox iGen3™ Digital Production Press. Unlike Sapphire-treated papers, Mohawk i-Tone papers can be offset printed and then run through an HP Indigo press. Please consult your HP Indigo printer for specifications for the offset print run.


Stationery and forms preprinted with ordinary ink will smear under the extreme heat and pressure of fuser rollers in high-speed copiers. In addition, improper handling and storage may cause jams. It is important to follow these standard industry practices when printing jobs that will be run through copiers and laser printers.

Provide the copy/laser printing schedule to the offset printer, so that the job is planned correctly. Discuss options if it is a tight turnaround.

The ink manufacturer can provide inks for laser applications. The job will require oil-based heat- or thermal resistant inks. Inks should withstand 400° Fahrenheit without smearing. Avoid metallic inks as the metallic flakes can build up on the fuser rollers. Fluorescent inks are also not recommended. Minimizing ink and water on press should help reduce the possibility of wavy paper.

Anti-offset powder or spray residuals can interfere with toner application and build up in the system, causing problems.

Toner does not adhere well to heavily printed areas. The digital image should print directly onto the paper, avoiding an overlap of offset ink. If the job specifies an overprint of a preprinted solid area, use a halftone screen to achieve the desired color.

If planning to imprint just one side of the preprinted form, print and pack so that the top (felt) side is imaged. For two-sided copying, the bottom (wire) side should be imaged first. Note: Mohawk papers are packed felt side up in cartons and reams. Care should be given when specifying relief processes, such as thermography, engraving, foil stamping, and embossing as they may damage your equipment and cause jams.

Paper must be trimmed precisely, square, and with clean cuts. Improperly trimmed paper can misfeed and cause performance problems.


Prevent tight plastic shrink-wrapping as it will curl edges and corners, leading to jams. Packing with chipboard is preferable. After wrapping, store preprinted material for 10 days before using to ensure completely cured ink and acclimated paper. Store at 50% relative humidity, at 70° Fahrenheit.

A wide variety of papers available for use in HP Indigo presses are sapphire treated to yield consistent image quality and maximum ElectroInk adhesion. Papers that have been sapphire treated are sensitive to environmental conditions. Heat and humidity play a key role in maintaining the shelf life of such papers. Product shelf life is approximately 6 months from the treatment date when store at 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and 50% relative humidity. We recommend keeping sapphire treated papers in the original shrinkwrapped packages until ready to print. Any unused paper should be rewrapped for protection and to ensure optimum performance on press.


Testing the runnability of envelopes is recommended. Because of multiple paper thickness and variable envelope construction, we cannot guarantee performance once papers are converted into envelopes. Paper merchants can provide specific envelope samples for testing.

Due to the large variety of equipment available for both offset and digital printing, we strongly recommend testing any paper before committing to a large program. For more information and samples, please call Mohawk at 1 800 THE MILL. Or www.mohawkpaper.com

End of Preprinting guidelines. Used by permission.

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Product Reviews

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5 stars 5.0/5.0
Lisa V

Prints my bookmarks well!

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J. P.

Wonderful cover stock! Great weight and smooth surface.

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Lisa V

Happy with purchase!

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1 stars 1.0/5.0
Virginia C

Not fair to rate the product as it was not good for what I wanted. Too heavy. It got jammed in my printer.

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1 stars 1.0/5.0
Virginia B


I bought this for my wedding invites/menus/programs, etc. I went to multiple print shops (over six) and no ones printers could handle this. If you are looking for something thick for your wedding, go somewhere else, or buy something under 130lbs.

Also, the return policy is ridiculous. I told them their description wasn't good and I wanted to return the paper, but you have to cover the cost of return yourself, and it costs nearly $25 for two reams of paper... Absolutely ridiculous. I'd recommend ordering from another company that does free returns...

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1 stars 1.0/5.0
Sad p

DO NOTUSE for business cards

Thought it would make nice business cards. Was wrong. Too thick to work thru most printers even at office supply stores. Did get it printed on a laser printer but when I used a commercial paper cutter, the edges came out very fuzzy - NOT to be used for business cards. Wasted my money on this purchase - Now no use for the rest of the ream.

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5 stars 5.0/5.0


I love this paper! I have been searching high and low to find the right paper weight for my wedding fans.. this is it. I wanted something somewhat durable that would hold its shape, and this is it. Thanks!

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4 stars 4.0/5.0

Great Paper

I had bought this paper to make an invitation. I love the thickness. The price was well worth it. The smoothness is great if you are printing them at a print shop, but as far as printing them at home, the paper is too smooth and will cause the ink to smear unless you have the "high resolution" option on your at home printer.

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5 stars 5.0/5.0


I've been looking for this for a while. Now I know where to get it.

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1 stars 1.0/5.0

Disappointed for my uses.

I bought this paper because it was the heaviest white smooth cover stock I could find. I made the mistake in not ordering samples first as I should have.

It is useless for my uses. I cannot score and fold it without it cracking and flaking, either with the grain or against it. It is far too 'soft' a paper to do that with. I guess there is too much cotton content or something else going on. It is not as rigid as the 160 lb. cover card that is being offered on this site and I found that particular cover stock a bit better for my uses but still not heavy enough. I eventually went to art illustration board and heavy watercolor art paper. I am able to score and fold and apply a printed image onto it with PVA glue in order to make my presentations.

Ideally, I was looking for a super heavy weight card stock of 220lb or more but could not find this in a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.

Others may have better results, ie: just for printing onto it and then trimming which was not my goal. But I would not recommend this for scoring and folding.

I will always order samples first from now on.

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Amber P

Stunning, thick thick paper!

This paper is ultra thick. I bought it so that I could print high quality digital invitations at home on my CanonPro9000. It works beautifully and offers my clients a big step up from standard weight card stocks. The paper does have a but more gloss to it than I gas anticipated, but I really cannot complain...this paper is beautiful!

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Jane the A

This was not an easy product to find.

I knew what I needed, but it wasn't easy to find elsewhere. Ordering was easy, price was reasonable,

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5 stars 5.0/5.0

Paper meets anticipation.

This paper is excellent for the purposes intended, namely templates and 2-d models for planning.

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Claws and Effect

Super Nice Card Stock!

Bought it for cards on which to place my product; use it occasionally for business card stock when I run out. People LOVE the thick stock when I use it for my biz cards...everyone comments on them

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