Paper Pro Prodigy Stapler

I am a secondary classroom teacher and while my work inside of the classroom rarely requires the use of a stapler, the paperwork outside of class in the staffroom requires constant use of one. For years I soldiered through my stapling with cheap, no frills solutions. My hands hated me for it but my wallet's conscience won out. Until this year. This year I lashed out and spend AUD 50 on a Paper Pro Prodigy stapler.

To most people this is an absurd amount of money to spend on a tool that they only use occasionally . However, for those of you that do a fair amount of stapling this price may not be beyond the realm of belief. Here are my experiences with the 50 dollar Prodigy stapler.

A normal stapler has trouble handling more than ten sheets of paper at a time and with repeated use requires brute strength and has your hand whimpering and cramping. The Paper Pro promotes two features in its Prodigy that solve both of these issues.

 

The Prodigy claims to staple 25 sheets at a time and to do this with no more than a finger's press is needed. That is quite a statement and one I immediately put to the test when I first bought it. That was months ago now but here are some pictures of some sheets I stapled this morning.

It would be of no use to you for me to present pictures of my one fingered press but it can easily be done. You will need to press firmly and with intent but I am able to do it.  It makes sense then, that gripping the stapler normally makes the job very, very easy.

The Prodigy has more weight to it than most other staplers its size. This isn't a negative, in fact it lends a sense of durability. I know I can drop this stapler, and I have several times, and it will be no worse off.

Aiding this semblance of indestructibility are a thick curved moulded base and hand press. I can't see either chipping or breaking it all and yet the look and feel remains one of elegant, ergonomic simplicity. The look is smart with a race car/ space ship touch about it without being dorky or over stylised. The staple barrel sandwiched between the two plastic moulds appears to be coated aluminium. This is where most of the weight lies.

I have had the Prodigy for just under a year now and it is still in pretty good shape despite daily use. The only sign of wear is some flaking of the barrel coating and a grip strip on the bottom is just starting to work its way loose at the edges. The coating wear is purely cosmetic and the grip peel easily fixed.

Loading staples is a breeze. Simply grasping the top hand heel press and pulling up and back will not only reveal the staple loader but also unlock it for you. A diagram underneath the barrel shows you how to load the staples and close it back up. A minor quibble here is that the tray is too small to fit an entire ream of staples inside. You will have to break off a few for it to fit in. Maybe staple reams are built to a different size here in Australia? On a side note the Prodigy uses standard 26/6 staples.

What is also impressive about the Prodigy are the safety features. You can't open the stapler up and staple without pressing the stapler against a firm surface. This means you can't staple people (as kids are want to do) or 'staple flick' (projectile staple at people and their eyes etc). While this is great you can still staple sheets to a wall because of a small 'wall sensor' at the end of the barrel.

With a stapler like the this your colleagues will try to avail themselves of your Prodigy. Within a fortnight staff in my work area had cottoned on to how good the Prodigy was.  I can't lock my desk but luckily there is ample room for you to label the stapler with your name.

In the office there are staplers and then there are real staplers. The Paper Pro prodigy, in term of hand-held staplers definitely falls into the latter category.

Resources

Video Link - Martha Stewart segment where they make a journal/diary and use the Prodigy.