When I first began in the rabbinate, I wore a suit every day. That meant six and sometimes seven days a week were spent in a dress shirt, tie and suit. Those days are long gone, but I still wear a suit a few days a week. That’s where the Collar Stay Punch Raina got me for Hannukah comes in.
I constantly lost collar stays when I left them in the shirt and sent the shirt out to the dry cleaners. Some days, I was left scrounging around for stays only to end up making some ad-hoc ones at the last minute. Last year, Raina gave me a set of brass collar stays with various saying engraved on them. But I worry about losing them. So when she gave me a Collar Stay Punch I was both amused and, honestly, a bit perplexed.
Keep DIY dapper with this handy punch, designed to make your own collar stays out of old credit cards. Keeping your shirt looking sharp is a must when you’re off to the office, a formal event, or a date, but when they’re not lost deep in your drawer, collar stays are a huge hassle to keep on hand. Don’t flip out–clip out your own with this handy punch!
Basically, the Collar Stay Punch is a paper heavy-duty punch that, instead of making a round hole, makes a collar stay-shaped “hole”. In this case, of course, you use the piece that was “punched” rather than the sheet into which you “punched.”
To use the punch you simply sandwich a sheet of something between the two sides of the punch and then… PUNCH… by pressing the two handles together.
The kit includes a few sheets of white plastic, but they also suggest using an old credit card, license, or used gift certificate.
I took one of the included sheets of plastic and did as they suggested.
Within seconds I had two new collar stays. And while the edges of the punched collar stays was a bit rough, it was pretty much what I have come to know as a collar stay.
So I decided to try something else.
A few years ago Judie and I got sets of plastic Gear Diary business cards. I took one of the cards and punched… then punched again.
Within seconds, I had a pair of Gear Diary collar stays. Kinda cool in my opinion.
The Collar Stay Punch is $29.95. It is simple to use and does exactly what it promises to do. Now I know I will NEVER have to go running around looking for collar stays because, if I don’t have any, I can just punch a few more. I’m a fan! Check it out here.
Source: Personal purchase by Raina as a Hanukkah gift to me.
What I Like: Let’s you make new collar stays from a variety of materials in just seconds; Easy to use; Gives an endless supply of collar stays
What Needs Improvement: Collar stays are just one size while different shirts use different sized collar stays; Collar stays are a bit rough along the edges