The Best Stapler Ever!!!

I know it’s crazy to post about a stapler. However, I believe in sharing anything that makes teaching a little easier. If you do not have access to an industrial stapler at your school or if you are losing precious time to hunt down or use one in the teacher workroom, then this stapler is an absolute classroom must have.

While creating blue books for my AP Literature’s practice exam, I discovered two unfortunate things: (1)  several of my classroom staplers had been broken and (2) the remaining staplers could not staple more than 10-15 pages without a lot of effort and pressure.  So off I headed to Office Depot in search of a stapler that could handle at least 30 pages and wouldn’t break my budget.

And what I found was the Swingline® Optima® 40 Compact Desk Stapler.



  • Ergonomically designed handheld stapler takes up to 50% less effort than a conventional stapler. 
  • With flat clinch technology, staples lay extremely flat on the back of documents. 
  • Durable metal construction ensures lasting performance. 
  • Soft grip enhances the feel and control for both desktop and handheld use. 
  • Innovative, quick-load magazine system allows strips of 105 staples to be quickly and easily loaded.  Guaranteed jam-free for efficient stapling performance.
  • Eco-conscious choice — has one or more meaningful eco-attributes or eco-labels. 
  • Certified AP Nontoxic

What I love:

  • It’s easy to use.
  • It staples flat.
  • It uses normal staples . 
  • It can staple 25+ pages with little effort. (I haven’t tried the stapler at maximum page capacity yet.)
  • It’s easy for students to use. (Though I’m only sharing my stapler with my student helpers, not the entire class.)
  • It takes up very little space and is very easy to see on my desk. (The orange stripe is bright and distinct enough to signal if one of my “Happy Friends” (students) decides to borrow it without permission.
  • It has a 5-star rating on Office

What I hate:

  • This stapler is pricey. In-store, the price of this stapler was considerably marked up  at $36.99 (before taxes). However, I recommend purchasing this item online. The online price was listed at $26.99 and I was able to purchase mine with a 25% off coupon from Office Depot I picked it up while I was still in-store for $21.91 (with tax). Online purchase and pick up took less than 15 minutes. 
  • It only uses half a strip of staples at a time.

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