Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Acorn Clips


Acorn Clips

In my mid 1970’s elementary school, we called these acorn clips. Apparently, this was an extremely isolated phenomenon as no one I’ve ever met has ever heard of these brass paper fasteners being referred to by that name. Googling “Acorn clips” and “brass acorn clips” results in zero images of this product but I swear I’m not making this up. I’m not even sure I can explain why these may have been called acorn clips- save for the fact that they look a little bit like the stem from a pair of acorns.

Do they still even make these? (They do) I got these from one of my friends who found a box at a thrift shop.

According to Wiki, they are also known as “split pins” and are an industry standard in binding screenplays in film industries across the globe.

Here’s a magic trick using a brass paper fastener.


16 thoughts on “Acorn Clips

  1. We called them brads as well, and yes, you can still find them in regular office supply stores and you can get colored ones in scrapbooking stores, if you want something fancy :)

  2. Child of the Midwest…we called them ‘brads…’ I remember using them for hinges on paper people…knees, elbows, etc…to make them pose-able.

  3. I think we would use them to hold pages of three ring paper together – for book reports and such. I don’t really remember using them beyond elementary school.

  4. We used to call these “brads” in elementary school. I’ve never known them as anything else. Now I’m a teacher, and I inherited my father’s classroom when he retired from teaching elementary school. I have a whole box of these and have never used them (I teach high school English).

  5. I think that we used to call these butterfly pins (for the way that they splay out when open)… never really seemed all that useful as a student, though.

  6. We just called them “paper fasteners.” In fact, I think that’s what Captain Kangaroo called them when he had his occasional craft-making “Play Time.”

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