Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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half shredder

a paper saving shredder
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this shredder is useful for those times when shredding paper with print that is only on the top half; using the guillotine option which will shred half the paper and then neatly slice off that amount of paper that you wish to retain.

for shredding the left or right side of your paper only , slide the non-shredding guide to the position of choice. one half will be shredded normally leaving the other half to slip untouched into a reserve bin.

resulting in handy little note sized pieces.











po, Dec 09 2003


       i like it.   

       <aside> we are often advised to shred bank and credit card statements as the information on them could be used to make a new fraudulent card. Surely, to get round this, the banks could just print them without those details on? I'd still know which card it was ... but there'd be no need to shred the statement. </aside>
jonthegeologist, Dec 09 2003

       The title makes me uncomfortable somehow...
half, Dec 09 2003

       funnily enough....   

       only kidding!
po, Dec 09 2003

       Top half goes in the hamster cage, bottom half goes in the kids' scribbling box. Perfect. +

If the paper was fed into the shredder long side first, perhaps the 'teeth' could be progressively disabled to choose which parts to shred and which to pass. No need for a guillotine then.
English Bob, Dec 09 2003

       you need a neat slice like a fax machine makes.   

       ah, I see.
po, Dec 09 2003

       "using the guillotine option... "   

       This statement ALONE means I would like it.
Plus it generates more scrap paper for my note-taking needs ... very nice, [po], very nice indeed!
Letsbuildafort, Dec 09 2003

       I thought you'd managed to devise a way to shred only one side of the paper. that would have been lovely.
or perhaps have an ink sensor to work out which bits it should shred vs. which bits it can slice and keep.
neilp, Dec 09 2003

       i like this, since half of a sheet is equal to the the next size down in the sheet-sizing chain (i.e. 1/2 of A3 = A4, 1/2 of A4 = A5), you still have a standard-size sheet left over for printing, copying, etc.
mihali, Dec 09 2003

       // for those times when shredding paper with print that is only on the top half //   

       How often does this happen? I don't think I've ever encountered it.
waugsqueke, Dec 09 2003

       your emails are too long, my friend; when they happen that is..
po, Dec 09 2003

       Another dim idea...
The Kat, Dec 10 2003

       I'm gonna stop leaving milk out for you!
po, Dec 10 2003

       Maybe you could split the paper and peel off the printed surface(s) to shred, leaving a thinner sheet for text or toilet visits.
FarmerJohn, Dec 10 2003

       I miss my university days. Every standard piece of non-confidential paper campus wide would go to one office where it would be cut into quarters, then a stack would be bound and sent back to you. Thus we had an endless supply of notepads, items that in later life I've always somehow never had when needed.   

       Anyway, this idea takes us a step closer to that system, so + from me.
Worldgineer, Dec 15 2003

       Oddly enough, I have seen waste paper (used on one side), used in just this fashion, cut in half, hole punched and placed on a string with an attached pencil. Can't for the life of me remember where, though.
DrCurry, Dec 15 2003

       Couldn't you just dip the confidential half of your page into a normal kitchen blender?
hippo, Dec 15 2003

       Since the advent of the "paperless workplace" I have taken to shredding reams and reams of paper on a regular basis. I love the idea of having note paper to use again, rather than getting a new sheet. Thanks for saving my trees, po.
Klaatu, Mar 15 2004


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