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The punch has a very...
May 6, 2014
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The punch has a very limited capacity, I would say that at a maximum you can safely punch 4 sheets of normal paper or 1 sheet of manila folder stock. I use it on single sheets and does get the job done. Since I love those Twist Rings from Lihit Lab and their offer of papers to use with their ring system is rather limited, being that the case, this punch allows the use of other types of paper you might want to try. I use 98 birght paper from HP, then print my dot grid with a very subtle faded gray (using a pdf that i generated in the fantastic free site incompetech.com) and then I am all set.

I have to say that it is durable, It is still working after more than 500 punches, though it always leaves hanging chads that have to be removed manually, which can be annoying since you can easily ruin a piece of paper if you do not remove the chad with care.

PS> I wish that Lihit Lab made a more sturdier model, capable of punching more paper or if they do not plan to do that at least they could improve their paltry offerings of paper that works with their ring systems with a real variety of different kinds of paper: Grid Dots, Paper in different colors and weights, Blank Paper, Different Sizes etc.
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martindaniel
If you use the Lihit...
January 19, 2015
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If you use the Lihit Lab twist ring binders this punch is a necessity. I bought this so that I could punch my own paper and use it in the Lihit Lab A5 twist ring binder, which has great capacity and an excellent binding system, but not a lot in the way of compatible paper.

The punch does what it is supposed to do and makes accurately spaced holes. I am now happily using Clairefontaine Triomphe paper with my twist ring binder, so it was a success, but this does not mean that the punch does not have its issues. The punch is not able to reliably punch through more than a single sheet of paper and it can leave chads if you do not use steady and forceful pressure.

Overall the advantage of being able to use my preferred paper in my preferred binder is worth the extra effort required to reliably use this punch.
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jabberwock101
I tried the Lihit loose...
November 10, 2014
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I tried the Lihit loose leaf system because of the ease of opening the rings, but the paper wasn't as good as I'd expected and the range was very limited. So I bought this punch hoping to make my own refills with better paper. It was a great disappointment; it leaves chads on most papers, but it doesn't perforate lightweight paper properly at all. I've now given up on the Lihit system as a result of this.

It works more or less okay with Kokuyo and more robust papers, if you're willing to fiddle around removing chads, but it doesn't work at all with lightweight paper like Tomoe River. The problem seems to be that the cutting edges on the punch aren't continuous and smooth, but more like teeth – and that's exactly what it looks like when you remove the paper. It looks as if it's been chewed, not punched out. The punch teeth don't penetrate cleanly at all despite being metal – they leave a perforated, stretched outline. I made sure the punch "bit" right through the paper and snapped shut, so it's not a matter of applying too little pressure. It simply doesn't do the job properly.

I've used all kinds of punches with Tomoe River, from Circa to the lightweight portable Filofax one (which is entirely plastic) but the Lihit is the only punch that has failed miserably. It can't punch clean holes in a single sheet of 50gsm paper, and it struggles with other papers. If you're thinking of buying this to do more than the occasional sheet of something like 80gsm - 100gsm paper, I'd advise against it.
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It's harder to use than...
November 7, 2014
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It's harder to use than I thought, though given the price, it's about right for the price. It does do the holes perfectly for the Twist Ring binding, but it's an effort to do more than one page at a time.
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liralenli
It chews up the edge...
April 10, 2015
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It chews up the edge of the paper and doesn't seem to work with my Kokuyo or Nakabayashi binders. The spacing barely works if I want to punch the edge of an index card to put in my binders, but not a full sheet.
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Would totally buy ASAP...
May 2, 2014
Would totally buy ASAP if it were available!
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