Bought it for a laugh, but it's the best stapler I've ever used
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2012
Like just about everyone else who bought this stapler, I got it because I love the film "Office Space," in which this item of stationery features prominently. And when I took it in to work so my co-workers (to whom I introduced said film) could get a kick out of it, I discovered it's actually a ruddy good stapler.
Although it's designed to work best with Swingline's own staples, it works perfectly well with any standard 26/6 staples you may have lying about. Its smooth lines, cursive-font trademark and glossy, candy-apple red and chrome colour scheme make it look like a miniature 1950s car on your desk. The rounded edges make it comforable and easy to hold, and the extra-long arm gives you the kind of leverage to make stapling even a relatively thick stack of pages (say, 20 sheets, for example) nice and easy, with little effort.
As mentioned, this product came about because of the cult comedy movie "Office Space." In order to make Milton's stapler stand out more in the film, the props department painted it red. The Swingline company then started to be hounded by people who wanted to order one of their red staplers . . . which they didn't actually make at the time. Eventually, demand was so great, Swingline caved in and now makes this special edition Rio Red stapler, "the star of any office space," as the blurb on the package claims.
If you're buying it for a gag, for a present, or as a collectible, that's fine and dandy. But you'll also get a darned good stapler, too. It's so good, people may want to take it from you. And then you'll have to do something about that . . . .
JUST OVER ONE YEAR ON: I've dropped this stapler a few times, including knocking it onto a bare concrete floor from a 3-foot-high countertop. It's been passed around my workplace whenever everyone else's cheap plastic staplers won't do the job, and after all that, it's only jammed once so far, and had a couple of tiny dings taken out of the enamel. Holding up well!
JUST OVER TWO YEARS ON: Still going strong, but hinge squeaks a bit. Has only jammed thrice in two years. Still raises a smile with the colleagues.
JUST OVER THREE YEARS ON: Still at it. Jammed once in the last year. Otherwise, still as good as ever.
JUST OVER FOUR YEARS ON: Still going well, but found out that it has a tendency to jam if you don't use 26/6 staples.
JUST OVER FIVE YEARS ON: It's jamming a bit more frequently, but then, my office-mates who get their grubby mitts on it think that all staplers should be bashed to make them work properly. When expected to do reasonable work and treated well, it still works well.
SIX AND A HALF YEARS ON: I left my last job shortly after the last update and took my stapler with me, much to the regret of the rest of the staff. They loved to use "Big Red" just as much as I did, and even though they had their own company-supplied staplers (all of which were smaller, cheaper, and plastic), they would still come up to my cubicle for the sheer pleasure of easy, comfortable, satisfying, and ergonomic stapling. And, yes, it's still the best stapler I've ever used.
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