I first encountered these tools on a site that dealt with Japanese imports. Apparently they’re more popular there than in North America.

They’re basically little handheld devices that punch through small stacks of paper and then fold tabs and slots together to secure the sheets to each other. That makes them serve as paperless staplers.

As long as you don’t have too many sheets, I’ve found that they work perfectly well. There are no consumables to replace, and the resulting stack doesn’t have any extra materials that could interfere with (or create extra work for) recycling.

We have a cheap plastic unit that we bought years ago from a site that I believe no longer exists, and it’s served without trouble.

Submitted to Cool Tools by Doug DeJulio