Kokuyo


Kokuyo Harinacs Stapleless Staplers 4

I’ve been using stapleless staplers for quite a while and have a clear favourite, but in this blog, I didn’t really give them the attention they deserve. It’s time to change that with this blog post.

Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless staplers

My most commonly used stapleless staplers are from Kokuyo / Harinacs. You can see them in the photo above. Kokuyo itself is a Japanese company that can trace its root back to 1905. They are linked with many companies and brands… not only with Harinacs, also with Camlin, the Indian pencil manufacturer, and with Gambol – you can see Kokuyo Gambol paper in this recent blog post.

Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless stapler

This green stapler, also available in other colours, is the SLN-MSH110G. It can staple up to ten sheets. When I bought it several years ago it was £7.73, but these days you can get it for £6.14 in the UK and for $8.37 in the USA.
Kokuyo Harinacs stapleless stapler

This white stapler, however, is my favourite. A few years ago I paid £9.79 for mine. It also got cheaper. It’s now £7.20 in the UK and $9.25 in the USA. It can only hold five pages, but they are crimped together, so it doesn’t look that bad if they somehow get detached.

To watch the video about the staplers in 4K please open it in YouTube.


Morrisons Pick and Mix Puzzle Erasers 1

Morrisons Pick and Mix Puzzle Eraser

Morrisons Pick and Mix Puzzle Eraser

This weekend, I discovered a rather interesting eraser in Morrisons (a supermarket chain from the North of England): it’s an eraser that’s made of different smaller erasers, a bit like the Ty/iwako erasers, but it also provides many different corners, a bit like the Kokuyo eraser. The biggest surprise is the price: when I saw it on the shelf I assumed this was the novelty eraser for 50p (~81¢; 59c), but it turned out that this eraser is the Pick and Mix Puzzle Eraser, which is only 8p (~13¢; 9c).

How to assemble this one again...?

How to assemble this one again…?

The design reminds me of wooden puzzles from MENSA that some UK supermarkets sold last December.

Morrisons Pick and Mix Puzzle Eraser

It does erase rather well.

Performance is good to very good, especially when keeping the price in mind. The puzzle doesn’t fall apart after erasing a few words. Even though the puzzle parts might loosen up a bit you can put them back together – and even if they fell apart: you could see that either

  • as an opportunity for some puzzling/brain work to do
  • or alternatively as the sudden availability of more eraser corners so that you can do more precise erasing.
Morrisons Pick and Mix Puzzle Erasers

Both versions, here on a WH Smith Squared Exercise Book.

 


Price and exchange rates: October 2013

The pencil in the pictures is Staedtler’s 1810.

The paper squared paper in the pictures is from WH Smith’s Squared Exercise Book (5mm squares, 48 pages, 165mm x 203mm)