A reader contacted me here at the American Stationer asking me questions about his Arrow 300 stapler recently. Having never heard of an Arrow model 300 I did some research and discovered – nothing. The reader sent a couple pictures of his fastener and lo and behold he had himself what looked like an Arrow 210. When I told him of his “mistake” he sent along further pictures which now clearly showed the stapler marked as an Arrow 300.
Well, now I had a mystery on my hands. Here is a heretofore unknown model stapler from a major manufacturer for which I can find no advertisements, no catalog listings, no brochures – nothing. About the only bit of information I could find is that it was definitely not available in 1986. Not exactly helpful…
There are some clues though that can be used to determine a rough outline. To begin with, the dimensions of the base, rubber feet, handle, anvil, and the carrying cap (the chromed plastic cover piece on top of the stapler) are identical in size to the first version Arrow 210. It is obviously an identical style to the 210. The two models came in the exact same colors. The patents inscribed on the bottom of the base are also the same between the two staplers. As there are interchangeable parts it is therefore reasonable to assume that the Arrow 300 came out during the time period the first version Arrow 210 was available, which was from 1960 to approximately the mid 1970’s. However, the rarity of this piece would indicate it wasn’t made in great numbers and that it was likely available for a shorter time. I would estimate that this was available only in the early-to-mid 1960’s.
The differences between the 210 and 300 are interesting. In the figure above note the two differences indicated by arrows:
- the first version Arrow 210 can be used as a tacker by pressing that lever on the bottom of the base and removing the stapler portion. The Arrow 300 cannot be used as a tacker at all and this lever is missing.
- the first version Arrow 210 has an anvil that can be adjusted by means of the button indicated in the figure above to one of three settings. The Arrow 300 anvil cannot be adjusted and will only make permanent clinches.
- the magazine on the Arrow 300 is almost twice the height of the Arrow 210.
- the mouth of the Arrow 300 is .5 inches while on the Arrow 200 it is only .25 inches
- the staple pusher on the push rod is clearly much larger on the Arrow 300
- the anvil on the Arrow 300 only will make permanent clinches while you have 3 clinch choices on the anvil of the Arrow 210
The Arrow model 300 does not use standard staples. Instead, it uses Arrow P22 staples which are still made to this day. These are the same staples used on some of their commercial tacker models. That means that the Arrow 300 can be used as a heavy-duty stapler, although it’s design wouldn’t really lend itself to it. Most heavy-duty staplers use a lever design which gives the individual much greater power and leverage to insert staples through a large stack of papers. Using a standard design means that in order to use this for a thick stack of papers you need to stand above it and push down with all your might. You will need to use much greater force and will have far more times when the staple does not go through your stack of papers.
Where a stapler like this might see success is in businesses where the Arrow tacker is a standard tool (like in construction). Having “desktop” staplers that used the same type staples would mean not having to stock multiples sizes of staples.
The Arrow model 300 weighs 1.5 pounds empty and measures 8″ L x 2.25″ W x 3.313″ H.
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