Their FAQ page is just filled with such amazing tidbits of wisdom:
Q) Why does a stapler anvil have two different staple directions - loop in/loop out? What is the advantages/benefits of each?
A) This is, without a doubt, the single most frequently asked question we get here at VirtualStapler.com... and hence, we have have several different answers. The best answer we've found so far comes from the good folks over at The Stapler Database, who obviously get this question a lot themselves. Their answer:
"This 'anvil piece' is called the Pinning/Stapling switch. 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." ...
So yeah, obviously a crucial piece to that great big puzzle known as human knowledge. An invaluable resource! What ever would we as a species do without it? Is my faux-irony wearing a bit thin?! posted by Steve
2/10/2003 11:40:00 PM
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