|The new Rapesco 6 hole punch in White, Candy Pink and Black|
The new model comes in five colours: Black, White, Silver, Powder Blue, Candy Pink.
Whilst the basic mechanics of the punch are similar to the old model there are several improvements over the old design. Just to remind you here are the two side by side.
The new model is much easier to set up as is has very clear size indicators on the sliding punch blocks.
There is now a slide out paper guide with stops for Personal, Timer 21 and A5 sizes. The old model didn't have this at all.
|Paper Guides at A5, Timer21 and Personal settings|
The upper lever is now made from metal as opposed to the older model plastic one. It also features a lock so you can press the lever down and lock it in the closed position to save space in your stationery cave! To unlock it you just press it down a little and slide the lock to the unlocked position.
|Un-locked on the left and locked down on the right|
The removable cover on the underneath side of the punch has also been redesigned. There is an easy to open flap, so you don't have to turn the punch over to empty it and this reduces the risk of the paper chads going everywhere! You can still remove it completely as well as before for periodic cleaning and maintenance of the punch. You can see the paper guide in more detail too.
The white rectangle on the left hand side is a small window, this has been provide so that you can put your name on a piece of card to personalise the punch.
The new punch is capable of punching the following sizes:
- A5 (by double punching, but with the aid of the paper guide it is now much easier to do)
- Agenda and A6 organisers
- Planner and Timer 21 organisers
- Pocket and Timer 14 organisers
- Personal, Compact, Slimline and Timer 17 organisers
- Mini Organisers (but not Van der Spek Mini)
This covers Filofax, Van der Spek, Gillio, Quo Vadis, Mulberry, Collins and others that use the common sizes and spacings. All are detailed on a comprehensive instruction sheet which will soon be available on the Rapesco website.
Undocumented in the instruction sheet, with a little bit of fine tuning of the paper guide it is is also possible to punch Deskfax 9 hole pages too. Using a similar method to punching A5 except you set the punch to personal size and flip the page punching the middle three holes a second time.
The packaging indicates that the punch can be used for up to 10 sheets of paper at once. The hole size is 5.5 mm.
Stocks of this new model will be appearing with all sellers as they replenish their stocks in the next couple of months.
Thank you to Rapseco for sending me the samples of their new up dated punch.