ACCO Klix Paper Fasteners
The Acco Klix are a new product that were recently brought to my attention by someone but it took me a while to be able to get my hands on some to be able to review. You wont find them on Amazon yet, and you will be hard pressed to find them in any of your local big box office supply stores. I had to grab these from Staples online since it appears that most office supply stores that I’ve visited lately seem to carry only their branded version of many products, eliminating shelf space for unique items like these.
ACCO Klix Paper Fasteners in the Open Position
Essentially the Acco Klix are designed to be a step up from the traditional paper clip. They are made from a flexible metal material and are available in a plain silver finish, or the multi-color options you see pictured here. In the photo above, they are all in the open position as you can tell from the concave surface area. Opening the Acco Klix requires you to press firmly on the metal surface which indents them and forces the mouth open. In this position they open up to show some tiny, but very sharp teeth that you can slide your papers into. Amazingly I was able to slide about 30 sheets of paper into these before I began to feel like it would be hard to open them back up again.
ACCO Klix Paper Fasteners in Use
Once you slide these on the paper in the open position, they require another firm press on the long side rails or the tip to snap them shut on the paper. Regardless of the number of sheets of paper in there, the Klix lock down on your papers tighter than any other paper fastener I’ve used before.
Some Bite Marks Left Behind from the Acco Klix
Although the Acco Klix do a fantastic job of holding papers together tightly, and even look nice doing so, I do have a few minor issues with them. The first issue is probably no surprise if you have looked at the photo above already. Within the two red circles you can see there are what look like little bite marks from a snake in the top sheet of paper that was fastened together. In some cases these marks go through to the second sheet of paper too, so you will want to be careful about using these to fasten anything really important that you don’t want damaged. My second issue here is that you need to be somewhat careful with how you close these because they can give you quite an uncomfortable shock if you hold them in the wrong place while the metal snaps back to the closed position. One last thing that is just more of an observation, and not an issue is that these are a bit thicker than paper clips, so if you are stacking multiple sets of documents that are fastened with these, they wont stack all that neatly without some careful positioning.
Overall the Acco Klix are definitely a unique option for fastening papers and presentations, and can definitely provide a little more pizzazz than boring old paper clips…just use caution with important papers and delicate fingers.
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D2photo says:August 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I managed to find some of these at my local office depot – marked down to $1.14 – picked up a few packs (60 clips)
I<3stationery! says:September 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM
hm. reminds me A LOT of the little snappy hair clips i use to keep little flyaway/stray hairs out of my face when i’m either in my “studying an insane amount for an exam” or when i’m on a treadmill. yea, pretty much the same “mechanism”. hm, actually, now that i think about it, i’ve actually been known to use a spare hair clippy as a paper clip in a pinch. 🙂 [and they’re way cheaper and won’t “bite” your paper – won’t hold as much, perhaps, but yea it’s useful to know. haha]
Phillip Katulka says:September 20, 2011 at 9:40 PM
OK, it’s not often (how about almost never) that I get worked up over a particular office supply or appliance, however these innovative new reuseable fasteners are something worth noting.
Phillip Katulka says:September 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM
I can’t find a retail chain that carries them in stock, but the’re available from many sources online. I contacted ACCO and they said they have no say as to whether the retailers keep them in stock at the stores or only sell online. I would like to price compare since with shipping it would likely be more costly to purchase online for small quantities.
Dickfishman says:July 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM
Wow, you just got relisted on something you did 10 months ago?
P.S. Does anyone remember the hairclips that worked like this? Can you say “Patent Infringement?”
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