Staple guns are such a ubiquitous part of many people’s everyday lives. One can be certain that somewhere there is something to be being affixed with one of these tools. In fact, they are so interwoven with the daily routine, that the companies that make these hard working aids aren’t given enough recognition. As the author, I’ve chosen to rectify that with this list of top staple gun brands. Finally the people that worked hard to design these tools will be able to get the credit that is due to them.
1. Arrow Fastener
Arrow is an American company synonymous with the staple gun world. Founded in 1929 in New York City, by a former stapler salesman named Morris Abrams, this company had the knowledge about what made a successful staple gun practically from day one (http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=594831).
It’s most popular model is the Arrow T50 and it has sold an astounding 50 million units since its introduction in the 1950s that has made it the best selling staple gun in the world (https://www.arrowfastener.com/). One can see why it has remained such a firm favourite to this day-it is a robust tool with a pleasing aesthetic that doesn’t seem out of place, even in tool sheds half a century later.
More than eighty years after its founding the company’s products are sold in forty countries (http://m.masco.com/about/our-companies/arrow-fastener-company/). This includes countries as far ranging as Australia, Belgium, Finland, Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom. It has two manufacturing facilities-one in Saddle Brook, New Jersey and another in Canada-that still produce these enduring tools. (http://www.oocities.org/typewriterexchange/arrow.html).
The fact that Bostitch was founded way back in 1896 by Thomas Brigs, with more than 110 years in stapling, makes them definitely worth a mention (http://bostitch.co.uk/about/the-company/). The name of the company comes from combining the words Boston and stitch.
Even at the start the company was known as innovators when they produced treadle operated wire stitching machines that could fasten books, calendars etc. It had solidified its position as the main name in print finishing and has become known to millions around the world as the company that does wire stitching (http://www.deluxestitcher.com/company.shtml).
The fact remains though that the company has made staple guns too that were constructed to last. Also known for innovation, it also manufactured the world’s first tabletop electric stapler known as the Bostitch Electromagnetic Fastener that came to the market in 1937 (http://www.officemuseum.com/stapler_gallery_magazine.htm). Without this company from Massachusetts the stapling landscape would have looked very different.
The Swingline company is a very important part of the stapling business. Founded in 1925 in New York City, and formerly known as the Parrot Speed Fastener Company. In 1939 simplified stapling tremendously by being the first to design staplers that open at the top, so that a row of staples could be dropped in easily (https://www.swingline.com/us/us/2628/about-us). By emphasising the handiness and usefulness of these new tools they created more demand and profits rose for Swingline in the 1940s with their aggressive ad campaigning
The infamous Swingline from the movie “Office Space”.
In 1999 a red Swingline stapler featured in the cult-classic comedy “Office Space”, which made the demand for red Swinglines go through the roof. The problem was that there wasn’t a red model that was being manufactured anymore so Swingline introduced the Rio Red 747 and it is still one of their best selling models (http://mentalfloss.com/article/64679/fascinating-history-swingline-stapler). Snce the 2000s Swingline staplers have been exhibited in art exhibits because of their aesthetic appeal. The Swingline staple guns are much sought after vintage memorabilia in their own right to this day.
A list of any tools would not be complete without DeWalt. Founded in Leola, Pennsylvania in 1924 by Raymond DeWalt, who had held construction and mill jobs since the day he had left school (http://www.gallawaysafety.com/The-History-of-DeWalt). By 1994 the company broke new ground with their release of a new cordless power tool system. In 2001 DeWalt Inc. had over 200 electric power tools and over 800 accessories to accentuate them (https://storify.com/macabreski301/a-brief-history-of-dewalt-power-tools). It is a brand that gives customers choices and customisability, so that every person’s experience is satisfactory, part of the reason why they are held in such high regard.
The profile has sky rocketed even further when it entered into Nascar in 1999 with Matt Kenseth as its driver (http://www.dewalt.com/company-info/milestones). The black and yellow colour scheme creates a certain expectation that the product will be pure quality, a high order for it to live up to. DeWalt staple guns do that and much more though.
Stanley has been synonymous with tools and hardware in the United States since its inception in 1843 in New Britain, Connecticut. The company succeeded where other failed by putting tantalizing new products in front of consumers, if they needed them or not, with a lot of the “innovations” just being window dressing to entice the consumer to buy (http://www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/stanley).
Through shrewd business strategies like this it has transformed into a global company and has manufacturing facilities in 18 countries. This company is one of the leaders in hand tools manufacturing that has cemented itself with a 20% share of that market (http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/the-stanley-works-history/ ).
It has continued its growth by taking over other companies and incorporating their expertise. That way the corporation has continued to stay fresh and relevant (https://www.davistownmuseum.org/bioStanley.htm). Stanley stapling gun designs are distinctively efficient and light weight, shunning the association that tools necessarily has to be cumbersome and difficult to use. This unique outlook has set their products apart from others, both in aesthetics but also in their feel.
As everybody can probably see, brands that manufacture or had manufactured staple guns in the past have other expertise as well, such as Swingline making staplers and DeWalt crafting other tools as well. The impact that these staple gun brands have had places them on the list above others though. What do you think of all of the names on the list? Have you had the pleasure of using any of the products from these staple gun brands? This was important for me to share it with you, the readers. Any and all comments are welcome. If you really liked this then share the article to everywhere you can.