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2003\08\06@134548 by Robert Ussery

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Hi!
Quick "hump-day boredom" question...
Why the heck do many staplers have the flippable strike-plate, so you can have the prongs of the staple go outward??? I've tried it this way a couple of times, and the prongs never crimp down as well, and they tend to get caught on stuff and lift up.
I'm sure there's some extremely valid pre-historic reason for this, but I have know idea of what it is... Anyone?
:O)

- Robert

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2003\08\06@140246 by hael Rigby-Jones

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> Hi!
> Quick "hump-day boredom" question...
> Why the heck do many staplers have the flippable strike-plate, so you can
> have the prongs of the staple go outward??? I've tried it this way a
> couple of times, and the prongs never crimp down as well, and they tend to
> get caught on stuff and lift up.
> I'm sure there's some extremely valid pre-historic reason for this, but I
> have know idea of what it is... Anyone?
> :O)
>
Whoa...that this is most definately OT, but I've also been intrigued by this
so I was compelled to go look it up :o)  From
http://www.calcampus.com/stapler/

WORLD'S MOST ASKED STAPLER QUESTIONS:
#1 Q)Every stapler I have ever seen in my life (with the exception of those
tiny little ones) has a switch to make the tangs on the staples bend in or
out. I have yet to figure out what the advantage is to having the staples
bend out. More puzzling to me is the fact that all stapler companies seem to
feel that this is an important feature of a stapler, but I have yet to meet
anybody who uses the bend out option, or even knows why it's there. So why
is the switch on there?
A) This is called the Pinning/Stapling switch. It is located on the anvil.
The pinning function is a carryover from the time before staple removers. It
makes the staple form a relatively straight form. You can staple two pieces
of paper together, then pull out the staple. Good for temporary fastening.
It's kind of a paperclip competitor. You can also use it when sewing.
Instead of using pins, you just staple. There is also one used on
Hotchkisses and some Bates staplers that makes one end go in and one go out.
You pull the side with the crimped down staple to get the staple out.

Mike



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2003\08\06@151536 by Alexandre Souza

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> WORLD'S MOST ASKED STAPLER QUESTIONS:

   This one enlighted my life...seriously...


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2003\08\06@154027 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 07:04 PM 8/6/2003 +0100, you wrote:
>WORLD'S MOST ASKED STAPLER QUESTIONS:
>#1 Q)Every stapler I have ever seen in my life (with the exception of those
>tiny little ones) has a switch to make the tangs on the staples bend in or
>out. I have yet to figure out what the advantage is to having the staples
>bend out. More puzzling to me is the fact that all stapler companies seem to
>feel that this is an important feature of a stapler, but I have yet to meet
>anybody who uses the bend out option, or even knows why it's there. So why
>is the switch on there?
>A) This is called the Pinning/Stapling switch. It is located on the anvil.
>The pinning function is a carryover from the time before staple removers. It
>makes the staple form a relatively straight form. You can staple two pieces
>of paper together, then pull out the staple. Good for temporary fastening.
>It's kind of a paperclip competitor. You can also use it when sewing.
>Instead of using pins, you just staple. There is also one used on
>Hotchkisses and some Bates staplers that makes one end go in and one go out.
>You pull the side with the crimped down staple to get the staple out.

Ah, thank you. I'm just looking at my vintage Bates Mercury Jr. stapler
with the triangular anvil plate. I found some ancient copper-plated staples
to use with it. They don't make them like that anymore.

It also has a feature that you can unclick the stapler from the base and
use it to staple things into drywall, soft wood etc. Obviously they go
straight in.

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2003\08\06@165149 by Quentin

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This is what makes the OT tag worthwile.
Questions you ask and don't expect answers for....
But then you get a full blast answer anyway....

Q..

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2003\08\08@061043 by Alan B. Pearce

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> Quick "hump-day boredom" question...
> Why the heck do many staplers have the flippable strike-plate, so you can
> have the prongs of the staple go outward??? I've tried it this way a
> couple of times, and the prongs never crimp down as well, and they tend to
> get caught on stuff and lift up.
> I'm sure there's some extremely valid pre-historic reason for this, but I
> have know idea of what it is... Anyone?

I always new of this as being the "cheque stapler" position. You stapled
your cheque to the account when you mailed your check in to make a payment.
Because the staple was this way round, the accounts receivable people could
remove the cheque from the statement more easily, before they attached the
receipt to post it back to you.

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2003\08\08@062911 by Hulatt, Jon

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Its for "pinning" things. Sometimes when you fill out official forms, they
dictate that you must pin, not staple them together, because staples are
hard to remove. The outward fold is a modern method of pinning.


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