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Nothing is more valuable for sorting, filing and organizing paper documents than hole punches, otherwise known as paper punchers or perforators (by highly professional types anyway). These products have not changed much since their early inception.
Promotional perforators come in many shapes and sizes. You can buy industrial strength to organize employee files or training manuals in a corporate setting. You can also buy smaller corporate products for printed documents. Printed products typically include information about punching holes into paper of specific sizes and lengths.
Selecting The Ideal Product
While it may sound absurd there is an art to selecting hole punches. No two products are made the same. There are promotional products you can get at any office store for personal use or for use in your home office. You can also buy customized items for a large office if you have a specific type of paper or hole punching need.
Personalized products do not really exist except you can create customized hole punches using pre-existing ones by setting them in advance and ensuring the settings for them do not change when others use the perforator.
Most often they are used for collecting materials in a binder. You may have had your first experience with two or three hole punches while in grade school or after you landed your first office job.
History of this the Paper Puncher
As with anything customized hole punches have a history, they didn't just magically appear here on earth. The first perforator seems to have appeared during the late 1880s in Germany, where it was patented as a device used to simply put holes in paper. Makes sense given the name. Who would have known at the time this customized product would have gained such an esteemed status in the world of office supplies and corporate stationary?
Most corporate perforators operate using a lever that is lowered to create anywhere from one to three (average) holes in paper. You can find some customized products to create more holes in paper although this is seldom necessary.
Customized vs. Personalized
There are corporate products that are extremely customized to punch holes in as many as hundreds or dozens of sheets of papers at a time. This is a far cry from the personalized item most people buy for their home office. These smaller personalized products can usually punch holes in up to eight sheets at a time, although some advertise that they can make more holes in paper (doing this can damage paper and the product).
Let the buyer beware... make sure the promotional product you buy lives up to their claims. If the hole punches you make do not come out well then take the perforator back and demand a new one. There is no reason these simple machines ought to fail in your moment of need.