Product Type: Pritt household products
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The Stick That Sticks
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Date: 04/10/12, updated on 04/10/12 (57 review reads)
Advantages: works well on card/paper. Good twisting mechanism.
Disadvantages: Only certain materials - a big limitation.
Who isn't a fan of Pritt Stick, regardless of whether it actually works or not! The colours and text are a direct memory link to Primary school education: sitting in Maths class sticking number cut-outs onto the front of exercise books; folding and sticking card into 3-dimensional shapes; sticking beads, buttons and milk-top lids onto sheets of coloured paper. There are many applications for the modern-day Pritt Stick, unfortunately many of them are completely flawed.
The design of the stick was innovative at the time of its inception in 1969. A 100% plastic tube with detachable lid filled to the brim with solidified glue, and a twist-able nob on the bottom end to raise and lower the glue when the lid is off. This design is superb as it is very much suited to the minds of Primary and Nursery school children only just beginning to grasp the principles of simple mechanics - twisting. Once the lid is off and the glue is raised past the rim, you can begin pasting the substance onto any surface, smooth or otherwise. However, the glue will only really connect with paper, card, certain soft-woods, and certain plastics. The glue is ineffective on most materials, but with paper and card it can make good contact, holding everything together durably. If any kind of heavy pressure is applied where the glue is holding the connection then it will most likely break.
There are many rip-off versions of the product made with what seems like a cheaper alternative glue. I would avoid these and head straight to the Pritt Stick aisle.You can be sure that every Pritt Stick is manufactured to the same standard, with the same amount of glue hidden inside. The mechanism is strong and the whole product is child-friendly - child-beneficial. It helps children to learn about sticking in a safe way. Also, the glue is completely non-toxic and has only a minor gluey smell.
INTERESTING FACTS: 'In 2001 the Pritt stick was successfully tested on board the International Space Station and was awarded Space Proof Quality' - Wikipedia - By 1971, two years after it was first marketed, the Pritt Stick was available in 38 countries world-wide.
All in all I am very pleased with the Pritt Stick brand. It's a house-hold name now, a name that every school child recognizes and respects. Yes, it doesn't work too well on certain materials, but for card and paper you can't go wrong! Unfortunately, my rating has to come down to 3.2/5 due to the lack of material-variety it can stick.
PRICE: £6.29 (for 6 x 22g medium tubes)
Summary: A product befitting of the nursery, school and home.