There are as of last count (but still counting) 47 different Ace model staplers. However, these fall into five distinct categories:
- Pilot type
- Scout type
- Clipper type
- Aceliner type
- modern (i.e. Dart v2) type
For the Scout type staplers there are three models: the Scout, the Dart (v1), and the Glider.
The model 701 Glider was introduced in 1940 about the same time as the second version Scout. The design is the same as the Scout except elongated. This additional length allowed it to hold 210 staples in its magazine – twice the capacity of a Scout. The materials are also similar except that the Glider is 100% steel (and two rubber feet). There are no aluminum parts on this model as there is on the Scout.
The Glider uses the same undulated staples as the Scout and the Clipper. This means you can still find them today. As with the Scout, standard size staples will fit perfectly in this but they will jam. Not maybe. Not perhaps. Not possibly. They will. And it is very difficult to remove a jammed staple from one of these machines without damaging it.
For all of the Ace staplers an easy way to identify if it uses standard versus undulated staples is to look at the front of the body (see figure 1 below). If it has one raised canal line and a smaller indented canal line running vertically from the bottom; then it uses undulated staples. These raised and indented areas are necessary for the undulated staples to be fed from the magazine without jamming and is the reason standard staples will jam. Note that these “lines” are not as obvious on the Clipper due to the design of that fastener but they’re there.
Introduced in 1940, the Glider was available at least until 1950 and perhaps as late as 1954 – but no longer. However, in 1958 a nearly identical Ace stapler, the model 450 Dart was introduced. The main difference between the Glider and the Dart is that the Dart used standard staples and not undulated staples.
The Glider weighs 1 pound and measures 6.5″ L x 3.188″ H x 1.88″ W. It is chrome-plated except for an indented area in the middle of the backplate which is in black enamel.
The Glider was a quality stapler but it doesn’t seem to have had the same success as the Scout.
Patent and Other Information:
- Waterloo Office Supply (1940, January 29), advertisement, Waterloo Daily Courier, page 3
- Ace Fastener Co (1941, April). advertisement. The Rotarian, page 68
- Patten’s (1941, June 22), advertisement, The Honolulu Advertiser, page two
- Utility Supply Catalog (1945), Chicago, IL, page 381
- Utility Supply Catalog (1948), Chicago, IL, page 381
- Utility Supply Catalog (1950), Chicago, IL, page 365
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