The Stapler

What is a stapler?

Who invented it?

What is it used for?

What different phases did the stapler go through?

The first recorded stapler was said to be created for King Louis XV in the 18th century. The stapler was said to have been made with staples that were ornately decorated. Staples bore his Royal Court’s insignia and was made from gold and with precious stones in each one.

Howver, while King Louis’ stapler was the first created, the first patented stapler came about in 1866. The stapler was patented but the Novelty Paper Fastener. The downfall of this stapler was that it could only hold one staple at a time. Even though this stapler was crude, the paper fastener before it, made by Samuel Slocum, was of even worse quality. It would stick pins into paper to fasten them, which made the Novelty Paper Fastener even more useful by comparision.


The staple in a stapler was patented by George W. McGill in 1866. This was the forerunner for the future, modern staplers. The staple was a bendable, brass paper fastener.

There are different common methods to staple:


This method is most frequent method for stapling. When using this method, the staple is driven through the paper and the ends of the staple are clenched to keep the papers together.


Saddle Stapling:

Saddle staplers have an inverted “v”- shaped saddle for stapling pre-folded sheets to make booklets.


Electric Staplers:

These staplers are more common in workplace environments with a high demand for stapling multiple packets.  They are helpful with speed and uniform of repetitive stapling.  Electric staplers are somtimes incorpertated into photocopiers. These might be used in packets such as beginning novels of Oedipus.

electric stapler


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