Pins, Clips and Bands

This section includes drawing pins, map pins, push pins, bulldog clips, paper fasteners and paper clips as well as many more handy little tools for attaching pieces of paper together or to something else.

If you’re not quite sure what you need then feel free to give us a call on 0115 9455833 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Buyers Guide

Our pins, clips and bands section contains a lot of products, many of which are know by more than one name which makes it difficult to list the products so that all our customers can quickly find what they're looking for. To help you browse this category we have created a mini guide to what’s contained in each section and what other names the items may be known as.

Pins - This section contains all our office pins including drawing pins, also known as push pins or thumb tacks, as well as map pins and indicator pins. Pins are generally used to attach items to a wall of board for displaying purposes. No tools are required when using pins as all are intended to be inserted by hand. They are used widely in schools and are popular companions to cork boards and other types of noticeboards.

Clips - Here you will find our paperclips in standard, large and giant size as well as our Bulldog clips and Foldback clips. Bulldog Clip is in fact a trademarked brand name, however much the same as the brand Hoover has become commonly used for vacuum cleaners Bulldog Clip is now used widely to refer to these cylindrical shaped clips. The most popular and widely used clips for holding sheets of paper together are paper clips. These are essentially bent steel wire in a looped shape and the majority now follows a design first introduced in the 1890’s. They are available in a uncoated steel or with a plastic coverings in multicoloured or striped packs.

Paper Fasteners - Also commonly known as treasury tags or India tags after similar stationery items used by the ‘His Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO). Winston Churchill apparently was a big user of treasury tags and used them to secure his speeches together. Also in this section are our brass paper fasteners and tin paper binders. These are both used by pushing the item through a hole in the paper to be secured and then bending round the wings of the binder or fastener to hold the paper in place.

Rubber Bands - Also known as elastic bands or even laggy bands or lackey bands. These are available in a range of sizes and colours and can also be purchased in a pre made rubber band ball. They are normally produced in ring shapes and are used to hold multiple items together. They were invented in England in 1845 and are produced from natural rubber.

There are many sizes of rubber bands and each is given a number to make identification and reordering more simple. A rubber band is attributed its size based on its dimensions, namely the length, width and thickness. Below is a simple table that shows the dimensions of all available rubber bands to help you select the correct size when you need to order.

If you’re still not sure which size is best for you then please give us a call on 0115 9455833.

Rubber Band Size Guide


SizeLength (Inches)Width (Inches)Thickness (Inches)
10 1.25 1/16 1/32
12 1.75 1/16 1/32
14 2 1/16 1/32
16 2-1/2 1/16 1/32
18 3 1/16 1/32
19 3-1/2 1/16 1/32
24 4 1/8 1/32
30 2 1/8 1/32
31 2.5 1/8 1/32
32 3 1/8 1/32
33 3.5 1/8 1/32
34 4 1/8 1/32
61 2 1/4 1/32
62 2.5 1/4 1/32
63 3 1/4 1/32
64 3.5 1/4 1/32
65 5 3/8 1/32
117 7 1/16 1/32

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