We normally think of paper shredders as being operated by electricity and of the size of a trash can. If that size is too big, due to limited space available and you need to safely destroy documents that you do not want to share with anyone, you can consider the hand-held paper shredder.
A device that resembles a mutant pair of scissors is called the shredder hand. It is something that appears to be out of a horror movie, but is an ideal choice for those with limited space. Since it is manually operated, just like a pair of scissors, there is no need for an electric connection or a battery.
A possible addition to your collection of tools for arts and crafts as well! The hand-held paper shredder can be an effective device for people living in boarding houses, studio apartments and such limited spaces, to destroy sensitive documents as a protective precaution. Something to be kept out of reach of children, an Aihon shredder with nine connected blades is available for $17.
If the use of batteries does not bother you, you can upgrade to the next stage, a battery operated, hand-held shredder, small enough to be stored in your desk drawer or your suitcase.
At a price of about $13, many of these can be bought and kept at different locations to avoid lugging one around with you. One each for the car and kitchen, another for the office and so on.
There is another device that can be called a hand-held shredder though it does not come with a waste bin. The Royal JS55 strip cut shredder is available at $16.50. It does come with an automatic on and off switch and can handle five sheets of paper at a time.
With the hand-held shredder you need not worry about disposing of the waste. Once destroyed, all that you need to do is to find any trash bin and dump the waste there.
Children could be entertained by asking them to participate in the shredding process to help out Mom or Dad. This of course needs to be done under careful supervision to avoid accidents and the destruction of unnecessary things like the cat’s tail! The shredder must be stored out of reach of children and their curiosity.
Some shredders in alluring shapes resembling cows, elephants, hippos, frogs and pandas are also available and can be bought as gifts. They are bound to raise a smile on the receiver’s face and are sure to brighten up an office or a desk.
Priced at about $13, they are crank operated and so are limited to the extent of the strength in your hands. They also double as pencil sharpeners and can be gifted to students.