There is a difference, and it is often confused. The two terms are often interchanged, but they are not the same. So, what is the difference?
HAND-TORN EDGE (or faux deckle edge) = mimic the look of deckled edges but is manually or machine produced. This characteristic can be achieved on almost any paper stock (handmade or machine-made, matte or metallic).
DECKLED-EDGE = is the natural and organic edges resulting in a soft, irregular feathery edge gradually becoming thinner. The name “deckle” comes from a tool called a deckle, which is the wooden frame in the handmade paper-making process. It was once considered an imperfection as the byproduct of handmade papermaking.
The favor hangtag above is an example of hand-torn edges.
This dinner menu is an example of deckled edge.