In this restoration video, I took on the hefty task of reviving an early 1900s bookbinding stapler manufactured by Gebrüder Brehmer (Brehmer Brothers)in Germany.The substantial weight of this antique tool, a whopping 25kg (55 lbs), speaks to its robust design for heavy-duty use.
The stapler was in decent condition, with only surface-level rust due to its primarily cast-iron construction. However, for this project, I opted for perfection, deciding to strip off the existing paint completely and start from bare metal. Using epoxy-based paints facilitated a smooth application process, and the quick curing times allowed for efficient progress. Yet, achieving a flawlessly smooth finish proved time-consuming, given the stapler’s intricate and rounded shape, which made sanding tools less effective. Nevertheless, the result justified the effort. The chosen vibrant green color might lean towards a more intense shade compared to the starting color, but it’s essential to consider that the initial color is a century-old hue.
The testing phase was highly enjoyable, reigniting my interest in notebook-making. However, this endeavor brought forth a unique challenge – finding the right wire. Knowing the stapler could accommodate 0.5mm thick wire, the search for wire striking the perfect balance between stiffness for paper penetration and malleability for shaping and cutting into the staple form was a lengthy process. After experimenting with at least six different wires, I struck gold with a 0.6mm steel spool originally intended for a MIG welder.
The copper finish of the selected wire added a cool aesthetic touch. Full restoration video here:

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