Random Finds: Muji Shredder

I dropped by Muji yesterday to pick up some packing cubes when I found this in the office supplies section (which I try to avoid but just can't):

Muji Shredder

The label said "shredder" but I assumed it was an error in translation. I mean, it was way too tiny to be a shredder. And cheap (only eleven bucks!)

Muji Shredder

I think I already had this in my shopping bag a while back, but it got edited out in favor of (presumably) more useful crap. This was already the last piece on the shelf, and there was no display model so I still couldn't figure out how it worked, but I decided to get it anyway. If it doesn't turn out to be a shredder at the very least I'll have an eleven-dollar Japanese gizmo for something-or-other. Not bad either way.

It almost came as a surprise that it is, indeed, a shredder.

Muji Shredder

You insert paper into the center slot, and then rotate the knob on the right a couple of times, et voila! A pile of strips from what used to be a document. Kinda neat, right? Now I can finally get rid of all the spam that I've been collecting without worrying about whatever sensitive information might in there. Well, in theory, it is possible to piece the documents back together, but no one can be that desperate (I am of very little net worth). More importantly, I find shredding things very therapeutic. There was a time when I would go through reams of documents on our office shredder whenever I'm feeling a bit frazzled (I feel I should point out that the documents are meant to be disposed but everyone is just too lazy or too busy to shred them).

The paper slot is only about 11cm wide, so A4 sized sheets would have to be folded thrice to fit, so it's not something that would replace an office shredder. Nevertheless, it's still a very handy thing to have around. Apart from the usual document-shredding shtick you can also use it to make confetti for packing gifts if you're feeling a bit fancy.

Muji Shredder

Now excuse me while I shred every disposable document I can get my hands on ;)

Muji Shredder

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