A Mini Stapler: The PaperPro Nano

Paper Pro Nano Stapler in Package

PaperPro Nano Stapler in the Package

Staplers can sometimes be a not so exciting product, they are usually pretty boring looking and don’t offer much in the way of the whole “cool factor” like some other office supplies can.  This Nano PaperPro mini stapler (via Amazon) changes all of that in more than a few ways though.  Between its cool, colorful design, and impressive functionality, this mini stapler really makes stapling a lot more fun, easy and effortless.  On top of all of that, this mini stapler is so small that it will easily fit in any drawer, backpack, or laptop bag.  It also has a small metal D-ring that goes across the back to allow you to hang this somewhere at your workstation if needed.

PaperPro nano

Paper Pro Nano Stapler Side View

This Paperpro Nano packs a surprisingly powerful punch that requires a very minimal of effort to use.  The package says it will handle 12 pages, however I did get it to staple up to 15 sheets.  Obviously the number of sheets of paper also depends on the thickness, and the 12 page claim is based on 20 lb stock.

I think the one of the things that makes this mini stapler so powerful (besides the internal workings) is the leverage you get from the ergonomic design of the body.  It seems as if every curve and line on the body of this stapler was designed to comfortably sit right in the palm of your hand as you staple with it.  There are no harsh edges, and stapling with it feels like it is just an extension of your hand and really does require minimal pressure and effort to puncture through your stack of papers.

Paper Pro Nano Stapler Opened and Ready to Load

Paperpro Nano Stapler Opened and Ready to Load

The only minor issue that I encountered with the Paperpro Nano Stapler was the first few times I opened it to load the staples.  The sliding door that covers the staples is pretty stiff at first, but over time it has loosened up.  In order to open it, you have to kind of push up and back at the same time, and the first few times it actually felt like I was going to break the plastic it when I did it.   Overall this is a great little stapler and it comes in a pink, blue, and gray.  I picked mine up here from Amazon, but you can find them in most of your favorite office supply stores, just make sure you pick up some extra staples too because it only comes with a very small sleeve of them that probably wont last you very long.

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    David says:

    Cool stapler nice review and photo. I haven’t seen that one before where I live.

    * Mini-Review of My Favorite Stapler:

    I’m kind of a stapler junkie. My favorite so-far is the Japanese MAX HD-50F BK. The HD-50F is not too big, very well built, hefty but not too heavy, can staple a specified 23 sheets (i’ve pushed it further with ease), and holds approximately 105 staples (half-strip) size No.3 (24/6) or No.35 (26/6). The HD-50DF fits in well as both a hand-held and desk top stapler. The larger (full-strip) HD-50DF is more suited to desk-top use in my opinion, but it is a bit too large for my use.

    The HD-50F and HD-50DF produce a “flat clinch” staple (as far as I can tell only these two models from MAX are flat clinch staplers). What “flat clinch” means is that the staple is crimped flat against the last sheet regardless of how many sheets you staple. With traditional staplers, stapling a thick stack of sheets often results in a staple with prongs sticking up which can snag and don’t stack well. Conversely, stapling only two sheets with a traditional stapler results in a staple that curls back on itself, which doesn’t stack well.

    Flat clinch staples don’t have these problems. If you were to take a flat clinch staple out of the stack of sheets without bending it (as if you were to burn the paper away), the staple would be rectangular in shape.

    It is difficult to explain in writing how this stapler accomplishes a flat clinch, but I’ll try: The one piece anvil that traditional staplers use to bend the ends of the staple in as it emerges from the last sheet of paper has been split in two pieces. Each half of the split anvil bends one end of the staple. Each anvil is hinged in a trough or receptacle so the staple as it emerges is captured but not bent until it has passed through the full stack of paper. (Like I said – difficult to explain. Just chalk it up to Magic.)

    The BK in the HD-50F model number means “black” version. But only the rubber grip on the top of the stapler is black, the metal body is a deep blue. There is a nice stiff staple remover pry-tool at the back of the stapler with a hole in it to hang the stapler on a nail if desired (nice touch). The internal parts of the stapler are shiny plated steel. All parts are steel except for the rubber grip and base which is a very strong injection molded plastic. The people at MAX made an effort when designing and styling this product.

    Google says you can buy the MAX HD50F BK staplers all over the place for prices ranging from $8.50 to $15.00 USD each (the broad range of prices probably lies in shipping and handling).

    MAX has a Web site here:


    Their desk-top staplers are here:


    Kerchunk… David in Jakarta

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    Eville Mike says:

    Thanks, David.

    Meanwhile, back here on earth, the PaperPro Nano is a dandy little stapler. Mine is orange, by the way. The larger-size PaperPro staplers are quite good as well and they come in different strengths for more or less stapling power. The mechanism is based on staple gun mechanisms and I’m surprised no one has thought of this before. I bought my PaperPro Nano at Office Max and they had a pretty full line of the other PaperPros, so these are readily available locally if you want to run out and get one immediately. I’m sure other office supply stores such as Office Depot have them as well. I recommend PaperPro staplers for home and office use. Very well made and quite durable.

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    I bought a Nano last year after David Pescovitz at Boing Boing recommended it. It’s an excellent stapler, handy and powerful. My only difficulty, like yours, was with opening the thing to add staples. It does feel as if something is going to break.

    College bookstores also seem to have these staplers — that’s where I found mine.

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    Ashley P. says:

    I love the whole paperpro line of staplers if only for the sheer satisfaction I get from seeing people do the stapler grappler with it. They set it on the counter stick their twenty or so pages in…get ready to put their whole weight into it…. take a deep breath and *click* done.

    I haven’t tried the nano version of it but I have a pretty full set from their high capacity (65 pages) to their normal sized that does about 15 – 20 pages. My only complaint about them versus the normal swingline is that they seem to break easier. The little metal piece that ‘folds’ the staple into itself eventually pops out and after that I can never get it to stay.

    They also have a ‘normal’ sized stapler that is in red, blue.. orange and green I believe.

    I’m a walking office supply advertisement lol!

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    Aaron says:

    I love it easy to load i dont know why but when u press to staple the top part gets stuck but I can pull it up and it’s fine any fixes for that

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