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Staplers. I remember back in the dim and distant past when there were real staplers that could go through 10 sheets of paper or more without jamming, making weird crinkly artwork with metal on your paper, or going halfway through, leaving sharp booby-traps on the back end of your sheaf to tear your fingertips with.

What happened to them? Is this part of the accountants-chasing-pennies-running-the-world? I have this evil-stainless-steel-serious-looking ACE stapler with a huge button on the top that just waits to be smacked hard with a beefy palm to drive staples with John Henry abandon through manuscripts, reports, chapters, etc. But when you actually try to use it, blammo, metal squashed against paper and pages falling off the back. Feh.

Please, good people, IS THERE A REAL STAPLER OUT THERE? Preferably not sold by "Staples".

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birdhousefrog
Jan. 7th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
The stapler I use is a most excellent one that can go through quite a few pages. It is old. Probably more than 50 years old. It has that huge button, yes. Nowadays, only the electric ones seem to go through enough pages. The manual ones jam or work improperly.

So I keep my ancient stapler and use it with appreciation. As an accountant, I've used quite a few over the years. Whenever one of us found one that didn't jam and worked properly, we would guard it, put our names on it, hide it from the other accountants.

You are not alone in your anguish. Keep searching.

Oz
barry_king
Jan. 7th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Aha! That's what I should do: Put the antiques-dealer sister at work finding a REAL stapler. If anyone would part with one. Maybe an estate auction.
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