Talk:Staple (fastener)

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  • Shouldn't a lot of the material on this page be moved to stapler? This page should just provide an encyclopedic entry about the staple, and refer to the stapler page for information about the actual process of stapling. -- Drago9034 01:52, Feb 10, 2004 (UTC)


Fails to discuss door staples. --Daniel C. Boyer 20:48, 21 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Also fails to discuss medical staples. -Branddobbe 09:12, Mar 14, 2004 (UTC)

Basic terms not covered[edit]


I had no idea that staplers had two clinch settings before reading this article!— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:26, 1 September 2005‎

Medical staples[edit]

I'm sure there's more to this topic than the single sentence the article currently gives it. Here is a relevant photo, but it should probably wait until there's more content on the subject; it wouldn't fit right now. ~ Booya Bazooka 20:26, 30 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Staple sizes[edit]

This article fails to mention sizes and capabilities (how many sheets) of staples. Bostich and Swingline sell staples for their "standard" size staples which are not compatible. Where can I find the dimensions including length (depth), crown (width), and wire guage. This information appears to be hidden from the internet and if I post my measurements, it would not pass the "peer reviewed article" requirement. -- Toytoy 20:08, 15 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Why do we even need this much for a staple? 22:16, 1 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Apparently you don't, but Wikipedia is for everyone. (talk) 15:07, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We probably don't but knowledge is fun. I wondered why I had to ask for 24/6 staples when I bought some the other day. Now I know. The world is probably not a better place but I'm better informed and feel better for it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:45, 19 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I love staples[edit]

I really do— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:58, 4 November 2006‎

Me too! Me too! 02:06, 4 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Further to your discussion on 24/06 office type staples the 24 actually relates to the gauge of the wire and the 6 to the leg length (in millimeters). Hence another popular office type staple the 26/06 staple is formed from 26 gauge wire also with a 6mm leg. Both have the same inner crown width but the 26 gauge wire is slightly thinner in diameter and therfore would have a lightly narrower overall crown size. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:05, 20 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What are staples made of?[edit]

WHO INVENTED THE "STAPLE"????See next talk section below.

This article describes them as "metal" or "wire" but doesn't discuss the specific composition of staples. What are some of the metals that are typically used to make various kinds of staples? Erik 15:17, 11 December 2006

Where do you stop on these things ?
Materials include electroplated nickle, zinc & copper coated low carbon iron wires, stainless steel, aluminium & brass. Plastics are also used to make some staples.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:27 & :34, 15 May 2008

Exactly! The page says "Modern staples for paper staplers are made from zinc-plated steel wires" but the photo clearly shows copper! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:11, 2 September 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm. Exactly what?
--Jerzyt 02:14, 28 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Misplaced at top of "What are staples made of?" section)[edit]

WHO INVENTED THE "STAPLE"????— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 24 July 2007‎

sizes outside the US[edit]

The reference given lacks crown width. Joserbravo 18:58, 28 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Staples as weapons"??[edit]

Is it truly useful to have a "staples as weapons" sections? Just about anything could be a weapon in these lights. Should the Books article have a "Books as Weapons" section? How about shoes? Sauce pans? Tires? Drum kits? -- Dan Griscom (talk) 01:42, 19 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Should not WP be all things to all people??)[edit]

This article didn't help me much. I needed to the an in-class discussion on "how to use a stapler." And i came away with the same knowledge i left with. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:41, 12 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


this is a mess Help could someone sort it and mabe include paper staples(folding).
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Commander v99 (talkcontribs) 20:05, 12 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

sorting per se[edit]

  • While i don't find the existing structure very logical, my first minutes of contemplating alternatives quickly lost momentum; unlike with most articles i look at, i don't think i'm the perfect editor [wink] to do it over right!
    --Jerzyt 01:50, 28 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"paper staples"[edit]

  • IMO "paper staples(folding)" could refer to the results provided by a device that cuts a slit thru a stack of paper, near its edge (or corner?), pushes a strip of strong paper thru the slit, wraps the strip around that nearby edge and back to that starting point, and finishes by jamming the leading end of the strip into the same slit in the same direction, thus holding that edge of the stack together with a paper functional equivalent of a staple. I hate the thought of trying to design the device, but i vaguely recall having seen the result of such a fastening scheme.
    --Jerzyt 01:50, 28 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Move discussion in progress[edit]

There is a move discussion in progress on Talk:Staples which affects this page. Please participate on that page and not in this talk page section. Thank you. —RMCD bot 07:03, 14 April 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]