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After yet another plain black stapler going walkies from my desk while I was on holiday, I decided it was time to take action. Browsing the pages of my stationery catalogue, I spotted a hot pink stapler that seemed like it would be just the ticket - at least it would be easily identifiable if it made its way onto a colleagues desk.
The hot pink stapler in question was a Rapesco Puffa Half Strip Stapler, available from my stationery provider in purple or pink, but going by the picture above it is also available in blue. It's an average sized stapler, not a long arm one, and takes the standard size 26/6mm staples. The term half strip isn't really important, it just means that it holds half as many staples as a full strip. The average office stapler is likely to be half strip, so not a problem. Full price is around £7, but with corporate discount I got it for about £4.
My new pink stapler was easy to load and get using. I've had staplers in the past where I've managed to make a complete hash of loading them (I once stapled my pinkie while loading a stapler - not recommended), but it's easy to do with this Puffa stapler: lift the top, set the staples in, close the top until it clicks down.
The best thing about the Puffa stapler (aside from its colour) is that it is considerably more reliable than the numerous cheap staplers which had gone missing from my desk before I bought this. It's very rare that I end up with a mangled staple from trying to staple too much, and when I do it's my fault for asking the Puffa stapler to do more than it is able. And when this does happen, the mangled staple doesn't get all caught up in the stapler, it either falls straight out or sticks in the paper, which means you don't then spend ten minutes wrestling with a stapler to get it free.
The Rapesco Puffa Stapler is a good wee stapler, ideal for light but regular use. It is sturdier and more reliable than the cheaper ones I had before, and it looks pretty on my desk. Interestingly, it's never wandered off - I wonder if the pink which I thought would help me track it down is actually acting as a deterrent...
We have quite a few heavy and ugly staplers in our home office and they are in constant use but totally unattractive. At the end of last year I decided to give our 'study' a bit of a makeover and good clean and tidy so felt the room (and myself) should celebrate by having a little treat so I treated myself to the Rapesco Puffa Stapler half strip which cost me just over £4 including p&p off eBay and the seller also included a small grip-seal bag containing a few staples to get me started - what a diamond!
My stapler is green and looks quite funky and seems to go well with other plastic objects such as the Tippex eraser and glue runners making the old staplers look even more ugly.
It is lightweight - weighing only 141g and measures about 5.6 x 14.2 x 4.2cm with a throat depth of 72mm for those who are concerned with sizes. It takes staple nos 24/6 and 26/6 and is a top loading device which is easy to fill and which has the bonus of having an integrated staple storage chamber in the base.
I like using this but I have very small hands whilst hubby has huge over sized ones and regards this as a 'toy' - this suits me fine as he is welcome to use the heavyweight ones leaving me in peace...
The stapler seems to cope quite well with about 20 sheets of 90 gsm paper but I find it struggles to work efficiently with more sheets or a higher gsm weight. I often need to staple card of different weights (240gsm or more) and for this I unfortunately have to revert to one of the other staplers which is a shame.
I would therefore suggest it is good to use for general stapling purposes and would make a nice present for a student as long as you warn them their dissertation might be too thick!
- good price
- looks trendy
- easy to load
- does not tear pages as long as you use the correct gsm advised on the box
- you do not need to use too much pressure
All in all, I would recommend this (dare I say it ...... ) for a stocking filler for 2012 ??
I received this little stapler as a gift from a friend as I had borrowed hers and had 'forgotten' to give it back. I was quite pleased to get it as I have a little home office and although it is only a small corner of my living room I like to pretend to myself that I need it and for me a stapler is an essential office product.
It is made from by Rapesco who seem to specialise in office products as I also have a couple of other products by them. This particular stapler is called a Puffa stapler and what sets it apart from most other staplers out there is that it is made from a transparent blue plastic and it does look a lot nicer than a plain black or grey one would.
It is also a lot more compact than my friends one and I find its compact size to be much more practical to both use and store on my little desk as opposed to the one I had which was large and cumbersome and needed to be kept on my desk at all times because it was too large for my desk tidy.
It uses standard sized staples which is good as it means that I can just pick some up in my local office supply shop for next to nothing. I do find that it is quite weak as opposed to the larger ones and there is no way that I can get it to punch through more than a few sheets of paper at a time so maybe isn't suitable for people who are looking for a stapler for large files etc.
I have no idea how much my friend paid for this stapler but after having a quick look on amazon I see that you can pick it up for less than a fiver. This seems like quite a good price for it as even though it is made from a plastic casing it is well made and even though I have dropped it several times it hasn't broken or cracked.
I think it would be especially suitable for teenagers to keep their homework together or anyone looking for a small stapler for their home office. Anyone looking for a more professional stapler that can cope with several sheets of paper at once should look elsewhere.
We often see staplers as 'disposable' products - cheap devices that all perform the same task. But some are more reliable that others, and this review pays testament to the Rapesco 'Puffa Stapler Half-Strip', which has been faultlessly stapling my documents for over five years.
Staplers were invented in the 18th century, with the first one being specifically designed for King Louis XV of France. Since that time the product has been continually refined and nowadays, I expect that every office in the world has one.
The strangely titled 'Puffa' stapler, comes in a variety of different transparent plastics and looks quite cool. The way in which you can see its internal workings makes it a little more interesting than your bog-standard office model.
As a 'top loading' design, adding more staples is easy - just lift the upper part of the body, and the chamber holding the staples can be easily accessed. The product is compatible with 26/6mm staples, which are a standard size and readily available from office supply stores.
Costing £4.99, the product represents great value for money as it may be the only stapler you'll ever need. It can punch through over 20 sheets of A4 at a time with relative ease, and is comfortable to hold.
I would recommend this product as a reliable and well designed device. I wish I could say more about it - but it only has one function, and it does that extremely well.