Whether you think they’re sharks or whales, these metal Ellepi staplers always attract a lot of attention when people come into the shop for browsing. They come in the Klizia line – bright, coloured metal (yellow, orange, green, white) or more vintage metal finishes, a lighter and darker metal, and a “tarmac” textured metal with gold handle, looking staplers. This one is the darker metal.
They look and feel industrial, heavy in the hand, with a satisfying crunch when you staple something together – and they staple 16 sheets together on first try!
The finishes on these staplers with the metal engraving of the logo and “MADE IN ITALY” reflect the idea that this is a stapler to last, not one of your plastic office staplers that jam up and break on you every year. Keep in mind that the vintage metal ones will have a bit more variation on them than the coloured or the tarmac finish ones, which have a consistent finish.
These staplers take a smaller size, which I think is standard in Europe, or at least Italy. Not standard, however, in North America, so they will be a little tougher to find at your neighbourhood box office supply store. Your stapler will come with a box of 1000, and additional packs are fairly inexpensive.
Be careful when opening the boxes – it unfolds very easily, and if you drop or spill them, it will be a commitment to fitting them back in the box nicely.
Filling the stapler is easy, but not quite the same as your standard stapler, which opens like an alligator mouth and you just plop the staples in.
You basically take out the spring, put the staples in, and then put the spring back in, which keeps the staples at the front. It will be very obvious if something goes wrong, but there aren’t too many places to go wrong!
The spring is held in by a hook at the back – push in a little and release it, and then pull the spring all the way out. The little red end is to hold the staples in place and upright when they’re in.
The staples just slide right in. You can tilt the back of your stapler up to help it along if you’re putting more than one bar of staples in. You can put quite a few of the bars of staples since they’re so small, and so you don’t have to refill it too often.
When you put the spring back in, make sure the bar of the red piece is up – there will be a slot for it to fit in. Push it in a little and slip the hook back into place.
This stapler is really hardcore. Even though its staples are smaller than standard North American staples, they will staple more pages. It can staple up to 16 sheets, and these are Rhodia sheets, so nice and thick.
We’ve been having a tough time keeping these guys in stock through the holiday season, but they’re all here now. These beautiful staplers make a great gift or even a statement piece at your office or desk. They work, they work well, and they look good – all you could ever ask for of a stapler.