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Stapler of The Week: 1950’s Arrow 210

This week’s Stapler is one I picked up a couple of days ago at Goodwill’s half-price day. I’d let this one sit on the shelf for a week and a half because it was busted, missing important bits and ugly as sin. When the price dropped to $1.50, though – I wanted it just to show off it’s unique features (and the Arrow 210 has some pretty unique features). I’d love to find one in nice working condition with all the parts intact.

Beat to heck, top cap insert missing, the entire spring and plunger assembly from the feed system is missing as well.

Beat to heck, top cap insert missing, the entire spring and plunger assembly from the feed system is missing as well.

Thumb latch on the side allows the top to open for loading staples, although it's designed primarily to be a tail-loader.

Thumb latch on the side allows the top to open for loading staples, although it’s designed primarily to be a tail-loader.

Button on the bottom to open up the stapler for tacking on most staplers, on the Arrow 210 instead...

Button on the bottom to open up the stapler for tacking on most staplers, on the Arrow 210 instead…

...completely unlatches the top section from the bottom for tacking. A lot of parts can easily come off this stapler and get lost. I bet not many of them are intact.

…completely unlatches the top section from the bottom for tacking. A lot of parts can easily come off this stapler and get lost. I bet not many of them are intact.

The two separate parts...

The two separate parts…

Then just snap back together again...

Then just snap back together again…

And there's the really interesting feature: a THREE-WAY ANVIL!

And there’s the really interesting feature: a THREE-WAY ANVIL! The Arrow 210 takes “standard” staples.

Makes normal (interfold is the proper term for it) staples.

Makes normal (interfold is the proper term for it) staples.

Makes "splayed" (Exterfold is the proper name) staples

Makes “splayed” (Exterfold is the proper name) staples

and ALSO makes a staple where the legs are both folded to the right. This allows you to just pull up on the staple to remove it without damaging the paper. It's a "temporary" staple that works sort of like a straight pin.

and ALSO makes a staple where the legs are both folded to the right. This allows you to just pull up on the staple to remove it without damaging the paper. It’s a “temporary” staple that works sort of like a straight pin.

The Arrow 210 is a *BIG* stapler. It is significantly larger than even my Aceliners, and is a bit heavier as well (more solid than an Aceliner? That’s SOLID!), even when beat all to heck and lacking half it’s feed system, it still will staple. I bet a good one with all the parts intact would be a sharp-looking stapler too. I’m on the lookout for one, maybe in green, in much nicer condition.

Updated: July 29, 2015 — 11:20 am

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  1. Great stapler, love the patina, it speaks of untold years of use. Thanks for posting.

  2. The splayed staple – neglected and forgotten, but not here – here it lives!

  3. Just sharing – A third grade student of mine in 1966 gave me a green Arrow 210 stapler for Christmas, that I used for the next 32 years of teaching. I retired 18 years ago – stapler is now 50 years old! It looks and works just as good as new! (A picture of the student is taped to the bottom of the stapler!)

    1. I got a green one two days ago, so beautiful…in excelent condition…with those tiny scratches…complete with all its parts in place….I love it.

  4. Hi , I have a question. What would be the benefit or purpuse of exterfold stapling?

    1. Exterfold is roughly equivalent to straight-pinning, which was a common way to attach papers to each other before there were staplers. Benefit: ease of removal.

  5. d’accord…

  6. I have my father in laws Arrow 210 and use it all the time!!

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