Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Stapler of the Week Archive- Novus J220

Novus J220 chrome finish

Novus J220 box cardboard
Novus J220 box cardboard
Today, we feature another shining German example from Novus.  We have already featured two desk top staplers by Novus, the B22 and the B7The J220 chrome finish has withstood the test of time nestled in its box.  Like fine silver, one almost needs to wear gloves while handling it so as not to leave fingerprints.  This fact always makes me question the design choice of such a finish in a hand-operated tool.  But as in the case of any highly-polished object aesthetic wins over function.  I suppose I'll just have to get out the white cotton gloves.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, April 1, 2020.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Stapler of the Week Archive- Ellepi Klizia 97

Ellepi Klizia 97 chrome and blue finish

Klizia box

Klizia staples

Classic Italian design is timeless.  The design and the packaging of this Klizia 97 suggest it originated in the era of Zenith staplers.  At first glance I supposed it to be vintage but found it to be currently featured in online stationary, merchantiles and design museum shops.  Their descriptions all highlight that the Klizia is produced in a 4-person factory in Cologno Monzese near Milan.  A subsidiary of Metalplus, Ellepi produces a line of two other staplers, the C12 and the Neutron 78, in addition to the Klizia 97.  The vast online availability and marketing of the Ellepi staplers makes me question if  it is still the product of 4 craftspeople in Northern Italy.  I hope they are okay.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, March 23, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Stapler of the Week Archive- Neva Clog J-30 shallow mouth

Neva Clog J-30 brushed metal finish
I cannot stop looking for new Neva Clog staplers.  There are long stretches where I think there isn't anything new to see and then a new variation emerges.  This J-30 is keeping its opinion to itself.  The usual wide open grin is kept to a short smirk, which provides a stop for keeping that staple just the right distance from the edge of the paper.  This is the only deviation from the trusty design that started my stapler collection.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, March 16, 2020.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Stapler of the Week Archive- Zenith 548

Zenith 548 enamel finish steel and nickle plated brass

Zenith 548 box top exterior and interior cardboard

I am always on the lookout for my favorites and finding a Zenith plier stapler with original packaging is quite a treat.  My previous Zenith Stapler of the Week offerings have been the 551, 548/E & 548/E7 and now I present the 548.  There isn't too much variation between the 548s.  This version has one feature my other examples do not, the ability to both staple and pin by means of a sliding anvil.  The Zenith company website shows this feature is also available in other versions.  The 548 seems to be a slightly higher quality model with nickle-plated brass parts also available in gold-plate.  The box also reveals that the different staple sizes were noted by the color of the box they were packaged in, the 548 staples, for example, came in a blue box.  This explains the inscription of blue box in four languages on both the 548 and 548/E.

According to Zenith's history, the numbers of the models seem to correspond with the year they were introduced, the 548 in 1948, the 551 (I assume) in 1951 and later the 590 in 1990 and 595 in 1995.  I've always wondered at the seemingly arbitrary nature of model numbers.  This bit of information gives me hope that someday, the mystery of Swingline's later stapler models will be revealed.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, January 1, 2012.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stapler of the Week Archive- Swingline 790

Swingline 790 plastic, steel, rubber
Swingline 790 plastic, steel, rubber
I have always enjoyed Swingline staplers for their sturdy metal construction much akin to the Tonka trucks of my youth.  At some point it must have become more profitable to forge the stapler of plastic rather than steel.  It was the same with Tonka trucks but the cost savings are lost in quality and longevity.  For example, here are two very nice Swingline 790 magazine staplers composed of at least 80% plastic.  Unfortunately, that plastic construction is liable to fail as is apparent on the white 790.

On the positive side, the 790 is innovative in both form and function; undoubtably, Swingline must have won some design award with it.  First off as a magazine stapler, the staples are coiled in a removable 5000 staple cartridge which is also used on several of Swingline's electric staplers.  Instead of a wire spool, the cartridge is a coil of flat glued staples from which the stapler separates the staple and forms legs to be crimped in the anvil.  On the mechanical scale of complexity, it's one step between a normal strip and a wire spool stapler.  On the Stapler of the Week scale it ranks just between nifty and very cool.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, December 19, 2010.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stapler of the Week- Elastic Juwel & Star Paper Fastener

Elastic Juwel steel chrome and paint finish

Star Paper Fastener steel chrome and phantom enamel finish

These two staplers really represent variations on a theme I have visited many times before.   I had previously mentioned the enameled ornamentation of the Hotchkiss No 54 but the Elastic Juwel goes one step further.  The Juwel is engraved with scenes of flowers and wildlife and in-painted to accentuate the engraving.  The Star Paper Fastener bears the faded remains of the enamel ornamented Hotchkiss No 54 and like the Juwel is yet another example of multiple companies producing identically designed staplers. But as the Antique Stapler Collector's Website notes the Star Paper Fastener Company became the E.H. Hotchkiss Company and continued to market staplers with the Star brand.  Also, frequently stapler patents were purchased from companies by their competitors and then sold under the new owner's name.  It's no wonder I keep talking about the same staplers every month or so.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, August 12, 2010.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Stapler of the Week Archive- Novus B 7

Novus B 7 steel chrome, cream and gold finish
For your stapling pleasure, I present to you another simple yet elegant example from the Novus company.  The B 7 mirrors the design of the B 22 including the push button spring action loading.  The color scheme is a bit warmer than the blue and grey of the B 22 and coincidentally, it matches the corrosion of the steel.  Sometimes these happy accidents happen.

Excerpt from the Stapler of the Week, July 16, 2010.