Understanding Staple Sizes – Wire Gauge & Shank Length

Assorted StaplesThe key to understanding how staples are sized is easy – it’s all about simply knowing what the numbers in the size represent. The two numbers used in international staple sizing are the gauge of the wire and the length of the staple shank, given in millimetres. A lower wire gauge number means a thicker staple, while a higher shank number means a longer leg.

The most widely recognized standard for staple sizes reads wire gauge/shank length, such as 23/8, for example, where the gauge of the wire (23) is the former, and the shank length (8 mm) is the latter. One example of an exception to this rule is the standardized size No. 10 staple, which is used for mini staplers.

Heavy duty staplers range in purpose from holding together thicker packets (25 pages or more), to fastening boxes or various industrial purposes. Typical staples sizes for these purposes are 13/10, 13/14, 23/12, 23/15 and 23/24.

Household or classroom and office staples are the most commonly used type. Some of the more commonly used sizes are 13/6, 13/8, 24/6, 24/8 or 26/6. These staplers are usually used to fasten packets of twenty five (or fewer) pages together, or to hold just a few pages to a bulletin board or wall.

Before purchasing staples, always check the stapler that will be used for a specific staple size that may be stamped inside the cover or on the base. If so, use the manufacturer’s recommendation for the best stapling performance.

The following shank length staples can be purchased from www.office365.co.uk

4mm Staples

6mm Staples

8mm Staples

10mm Staples

We also do specialist staple cartridges and some larger staples.

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3 Responses to “Understanding Staple Sizes – Wire Gauge & Shank Length”

  1. moreng magnin wrote

    October 31st, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I have a very old TOT Swingline stapler which I am very fond of.
    This fairly small steel office stapler was made in France under license and has the N° 43 stamped in the front. whatever that means, I think it must mean the size of the staple but I cant find them anywhere.
    Can you help, it would be much appreciated.

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