office stapler question

Alright. So I’ve asked everyone in the office this and none have been able to answer. I also searched the web for some answer or discussion and have come up empty (I have had a hard time formulating a search phrase). Here goes:

Office staplers have that nifty little strike plate which bends the tips of the staple inward so as to fasten a bundle of paper together. This nifty little strike plate can be turned 180 degrees to a setting which bends the staple tips outward. Why? Who uses this setting? For what purpose? What’s it called?


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Thats the metric way to do it.

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Maybe if you have multiple sets of stapled papers stacked one on top of another, you could diminish the “raised corner” effect by alternating the way the spikes of the staple curl.

Or, maybe this setting is what you should use if you don’t have a staple remover - it is much easier to remove a staple when the tips are curled outward (but the staple less effective - so chooose your poison).

The outward plate is designed for times when you want to staple something temporarily. It will hold the pages together, but is easier to remove.

The purpose for pulling the bottom part of the stapler back 180 degrees is to allow you to staple to a verticle bulletin board. I remember this from being a little tyke in school.

But you don’t remember from HS how to sp…sorry.

RealityChuck is right. If you want to staple something to a bulletin board, you disengage the base so that the stapler becomes a tacker (if you know what I mean).

You guys are missing the point of the OP. He wasn’t asking about being able to unhinge the stapler, he was asking why you would want to rotate the strike plate (the little thing that bends the points of the staple either in or out depending on its orientation).

I think RealityChuck’s answer is probably the right one. It sounds logical.

Slightly off-post, I have always referred to staple removers as “snake dentures.” Take a look at one and you’ll see what I mean. Just a little contribution to make everyone’s speech a little more picturesque.

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Chuck and Troy have it on target (as usual). I’ve spent twenty years in office work, including disassembling repeatedly stapled documents on a regular basis. That is the purpose; on the instruction books that come with some staplers (Why?) it is so described.

Snake dentures? I love it! Should go into a “more picturesque speech” list somewhere in TubaDiva’s or OpalCat’s archives. :slight_smile:

WOW! Poly read the instruction manual. Why was there a manual? So folks would know what the out ward bend was for. Another reason for clenching out wrds is that the staple will bend easier when staple thick materials. It is not as tight a clench as we all know by now, but sometimes I would specify that clinch in designing a thick carton. ( Makes it easier to open too.)I like the snake dentures, Gonna keep a set right next to my jet fighters, the large paper clips with the metal triangular cross sectioned base and the two wire arms that bend back over. Open the arms half way so the extend to the sides in a plane and have dog fights when the boss is away.

“Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.”-Marx

Hey, Chef, does this make my speech more picturesque?:


Zounds! Is there a dentist in the house?

I gonna byte you nano! That thing took along time to download. Thot my puter was on strike again.What was that 8KB?Sure took a big chaw outa my cache memory.