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Office device

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:07 pm

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Hi everybody! What do you call this office device?

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Thanks a lot!

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Post by Phil White » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:38 pm

There are a number of different terms for it, but it is always a "spike": "receipt spike", "bill spike", "note spike" are some of the terms you will find.

These spikes give rise to the idiom in the newspaper industry "to spike a story", which is used when an editor rejects a story for publication.
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Post by tony h » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:30 pm

After a number of occasions of people finding the spike being covered in their blood the allowed design changed, to the rather less practical and missing that lovely snap of the paper, to this :
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Re: Office device

Post by Bobinwales » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:39 am

I used the things when I was young, but I think that Health and Safety kicked in and replacements became impossible. Having said that I see bill spikes are still available and are for sale. I wonder if that is where Charles Dickens got the inspiration for the name Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist. As for Tony's lovely example, I remember them too, but I have a feeling that the hook wasn't so much a safety measure as a means of hanging the whole thing up on the ceiling or the top of a cupboard, because that is precisely what we used to do with them.
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Re: Office device

Post by tony h » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:09 am

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:39 am
As for Tony's lovely example, I remember them too, but I have a feeling that the hook wasn't so much a safety measure as a means of hanging the whole thing up on the ceiling or the top of a cupboard, because that is precisely what we used to do with them.
Ok, I don't have chapter and verse on them becoming illegal but I do remember (early '70?) they all disappeared off the desks and the new hooked ones came in. My grandfather had a row of them (straight) mounted horizontally in a drawer. You could lift them out but mostly new items were added with the spikes in situ.

Hooked spikes have clearly been around much longer than the '70s. The hook s I have seen have mostly been the same sort of size as a coat hanger hook which suggests you are quite correct. or that manufacturers were just reusing the same wire bending equipment.
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Re: Office device

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:23 pm

Phil White, tony h and Bob : Thank you guys very very much for your help.

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