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Pen Secrets

Pen Secrets

What distinguishes a gel pen from others is the ink, which consists of pigment suspended in a water– based gel. Since pigments are opaque, gel pens are available in bright colours that stand out on darker paper. By contrast, ball-point pens use a paste ink based on a solution of a dye and alcohol solvent, and fountain pens use ink made from dye in a water-based solvent. 

Another trait of gel pens is that they resist common laboratory analysis. The American Secret Service has maintained the International Ink Library for many decades. Because manufacturers change their ink formulas slightly from year to year, thin-layer chromatography (TLC) can be used on ink to trace the manufacturer and date of manufacture of most inks. The pigments in gel ink do not dissolve, and therefore cannot be analysed with TLC.

Pens in Space

An urban legend in circulation since the 1970s (and told on a 2002 episode of the West Wing) tells of NASA spending large sums of money, typically in the millions of dollars, to develop an instrument that would write in space (a space pen). The typical punch line is that either someone supposedly should have sent NASA a pencil, or that the Soviets used pencils. While considered humorous, the story is not true. In fact, lead pencils were used on all Mercury and Gemini space flights, and were replaced by pressurised “space pens” (independently developed without NASA funding) after the Apollo 1 fire. Pencils are, in fact, still used in space, for example aboard the International Space Station.

Identity theft – A thief stole my life

Did You Know - The Paper Shredder

Criminals steal your personal details and use them to open bank accounts, get credit cards, take out loans, claim government benefits, even to obtain documents such as passports and driving licenses in your name. You may be liable for the actions they take, which can ruin your credit rating and seriously damage your reputation. Many victims of identity fraud do not discover their identity has been stolen until over a year later. Identity fraudsters are able to obtain your information in a number of different ways. Being aware of how thieves gather your personal information can help you to protect yourself.

- ‘Bin Raiding’ – Rummaging through your rubbish

- Stealing personal items from your home e.g. passports.

- Stealing your personal mail, e.g. bank statements and credit card information.

- Computer hacking.

- Completing a change or address form to redirect your post to a different address.

Recommendation: Shred your unneeded personal documents!!!!

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Did you know Sellotape

Did you know - Sellotape (aka Sticky Tape)

Sellotape is a brand name that has become synonymous with sticky tape in South Africa and elsewhere. It is transparent, cellulose-based, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape, and is the leading brand of clear sticky tape in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The name “Sellotape” was coined in 1937 when its inventors made the product by applying rubber resin to cellophane film. Hence it is also referred to as cellophane tape. The Sellotape brand now covers a variety of tape products, and is frequently used in place of the word ‘tape’ in many countries due to its market exposure.

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Did You Know Stationery

The term “stationery” is a shortening, recorded since 1727 of shortening wares, itself derived from Medieval Latin stationarius “stationery seller” or “seller of books and paper” (1311). Originally “stationery” referred to all products sold by a stationer, whose name indicates that his book shop was on a fixed spot, usually near a university and permanent, while medieval trading was mainly ambulant, by pedlars. Stationery is a general name given to paper and office supplies such as envelopes, notepads, pens, pencils, erasers, paper clips, staples etc. The term is frequently used to refer more specifically to paper used for written correspondence, usually decorated or personalised with matching envelopes.

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Did You Know – Guillotine and Paper Fastener

Did you know - The Guillotine

The paper cutter or stack cutter, was invented by American Milton Bradley (1836-1911), no doubt with the infamous guillotine made famous during the French Revolution in mind. Milton started his career in lithography, but was later credited by many with launching the board game industry in North America. In action, the paper cutter guillotine resembles the execution device, the primary difference being the blade, or knife. The blade on the execution device fell vertically, and was angled for a clean cut through the victim’s neck. The stack paper cutting blade is straight across, but as the handle is depressed to cut the paper block, the blade moves slightly from right to left while moving down through the block, thus performing the same physical action as the execution device.


Did you know - The Paper Fastener

The first paper fastener was patented on 1841 by Samuel Slocum. This crude device stuck pins on paper to fasten them, but actually was not a fastener at all. It simply stuck pins to paper to package them. In 1866 George McGill patented a small, bendable brass paper fastener, the precursor to the modern staple, and in 1867 he patented a press to insert the fastener into paper. In 1879 the McGill Single-Stroke Staple Press was patented – it weighed over two and a half pounds and was able to load a single ½ inch wide wire staple and drive it through several sheets of paper. Since the late 1800s devices were developed that punched or folded paper to fix sheets together without a physical clip. One 1880 example was the Clipless Stand Machine that created a tongue in the paper that was folded back around to hold the paper together.

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Designer Office Chairs in Vredenburg and West Coast

Designer Office Chairs - West Coast
Widest Variety of Stylish Ergonomic Office Chairs

This page is dedicated to a variety of stylish designer office chairs. These are affordable office chairs that come with all the ergonomic features you need to prevent lower back ache. Our Designer chairs come in a variety of ranges like the Leather & wood combo Milan & Indigo chairs as well as the fabric back Diva & Opal Ranges.

The Executive Manager's Office Chair Range comes in High Back, Mid Back & Visitor Chair versions. All versions come with bonded leather. See Ramos & Morris versions below for specialised arms & bases. Customise your office chair to suit your style.

Our Designer Chair Ranges are made for comfort & style

Office Chairs come with a variety of names. You don't need to get to caught up in the varieties. Our staff at West Coast office National are familiar with all the names. On this page you will only see our favourite and most popular designer chairs. These are a combination of Executive, Ergonomic and operators Chairs. The only difference is these were given just a little extra love to be individualistic. See something that suits your personality?

From R 1,564.00

These are the most popular Designer chairs as seen in the Office Furniture Catalogue. All these can be made available for a "TEST" sit in our Vredenburg showroom. let us know which chair catches your fancy and we will make sure one is available for you to try.


Name: Savvy Designer Chair

Designer Fabric on the Savvy Office Chair

Ergonomically designed for optimum Comfort. Two part Shell with 5 star Chromed base & arms. High-back comes standard with gas height adjustment & a synchron lock mechanism.
(with back tension adjustment.)

Catalogue Page: 88

High Back: GF150611CER
Visitor's: GF150612CER

Chromed Sleigh base on the Visitor's Savvy Chair


Name: H20 Designer Chair

Wavy Back H2O Chair for extra comfort & modern design

Classic executive chair upholstered in bonded leather with flexi arms. High back chair comes standard with synchron mechanism. Visitors chair comes standard with black sleigh base.

Catalogue Page: 94

High Back: GF156201CIT
Visitor's: GF156204CITBLB

Wavy Back H2O Office Chair in Visitor's Version


Name: Dashing Designer Chair

Stylish Black Britney Office Chair

Highly Functional Operator's chair with simple synchron and netting back. Perfect for Home Office - or smaller office spaces. Very stylish and comfortable. Sometimes referred to as the Britney Office Chair. 

Catalogue Page: 98

High Back: GF156119BLB

AVAILABLE IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS!!!


Which is the right office chair for you?

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Office Desk Options

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Wonderful colours of Office Stationery

Have you ever noticed how fun it is to go to stationery store? Ok so maybe you didn't because you had to go because you were short on staples. But if you've ever gone to the store with your children you will notice that they actually enjoy visiting a stationery shop. You know why? COLOUR!!!! CHEAP WONDERFUL COLOUR.

Walking in to West Coast Office should be a therapeutic experience. Take a walk down the aisles and feel how the colours absrb int the soul and you start to feel in control of your life. Stationery may be something we are forced to buy - but its cheap and you can buy lots of things. Stationery can make people happy... try it it really is therapeutic. 

West Coast Stationery - Back to School Prices

Have you looked at our new back to school prices? We have put together the lists to get you the best prices on the west coast for your children's back to school needs.

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The Industrial Work Chair

The Industrial Work Chair Range
The workman’s Office Chair Range

A regular office chair will not be adequate in a harsh environment like a FACTORY or workshop. These places see wear and tear on your office chair like no other workplace. The Industrial work chair is designed specifically to suit this and a variety of other work environments with its easy to clean surface and polyurethane protective surface for extra durability.

Industrial chairs in South Africa that you buy for really cheap prices from wholesalers are not always what they claim to be. People will try and sell you a vintage industrial chair or a cheap workman’s stool, but many of these are built to attract the eye only. They follow form and not function.

A real workers chair is a workhorse. The industrial work chair might not be the prettiest chair in our showroom, but it’s made to withstand the Hours of movement on production lines or even in retail outlets.

From R 1,819.00

Did you know you can convert this office chair into the industrial workman’s stool?

Different operators require different versions or setups of the worker’s chair. Besides the practical factory environment we have already mentioned this office chair is also ideal for a range of other places including food processing plants, warehouses, high tech laboratories as well as medical, hospital and clinic consulting facilities.

Black workers seat with gas height adjustment

Standard Features include:

Without Arms
550mm Black Nylon Base
Seat & Back = Polyuethane
Gas Height Adjustment
Back Rake Mechanism

COM: 1.65m Fabric (Seat = 0.8m & Back = 1.0m)
5 Years Warranty
19 Kilograms
100% South African
Ergonomic

Ideal for Sanitary Environments

Black hospital chair

The industrial chair is seen as an ideal laboratory chair or medical chair because of the sanitary benefits. The polyurethane surface is a non-absorbent - surgical surface.

One wipe over the outer layer of the chair and you are as good as new. You are also able to reupholster these chairs making them recyclable for many years. Durability is the reason we say this chair is truly an INDUSTRIAL OFFICE CHAIR. It also goes by the names:

- Worker's Chair  or Work Chair
- Workman's stool or Workbench Stool

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Did you know? File Folders

There does not appear to be an internationally standard term to refer to file folders. The term file folder seems to be one that dominates North American Language, but does not seem as common in other countries. Some refer to file folders simply as folders while others use the term manila folders. Another commonly used folder type is the suspension or hanging file which has hooks on the corners that slide over a rail. Normally, suspension files are used to file one or more Manila folders, and it is not a common practice to put loose sheets directly into suspension files. When some documents need to be retrieved, the corresponding Manila folders(s) are removed from the suspension file.

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