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Penda Flex Sure Hook Files Possibly Better

Reviewing: Pendaflex Sure Hook Hanging Folders  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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Sure Hook hanging file folder

Do you get annoyed at hanging file folders when the hooks get bent or displaced from side to side so that the folder falls off the rails? Pendaflex claims to have built a better folder, but you will pay for that quality. I’m not sure that it’s worth it.

The “secret” of the Sure Hook folders is that there is a flat spring that you can’t see between the tabs, underneath that folded edge where the slots for the tabs are found. This allows the tabs to have some give from side to side, but always pulls them back into position.

I received a couple of these as samples with another order of file folders, so I thought I’d compare them with other folders I use.

I found that if you pull on the tab, you really can extend it almost ½ inch beyond its normal position, and it will snap back. The spring has quite a bit of tension, more than I expected.

The literature claims that the rods and hooks are stronger and sturdier. I compared them to regular Pendaflex hanging folders and Staples hanging folders, and this is definitely true. The plastic is visibly thicker, and the notch is deeper. This makes the folders ride on the rail better, and they are less likely to jump off.

They claim to be reinforced poly-laminated at the top and bottom. This is also true, although I didn’t notice it at first. Perhaps you can see in the photo of the folder that the top and bottom edges seem to be shiny. The are indeed plastic coated. I suspect that this really would preserve the folders from wear if this is an issue. I don’t think I’ve ever had a folder wear out in these spots, but perhaps a busy office space might have this problem. The regular Pendaflex folders now also have this extra lamination. Cheaper brands do not.

The product is certified by SFI, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This is a non-profit organization which claims that companies harvesting timber for their products protect watersheds, habitat, biodiverstiy and use sustainable harvesting practices. (There has been some scandal involved in specific cases, but it seems to be a start toward responsible timber harvesting).

One feature that is now true of all Pendaflex folders is that they are acid-free. This could be important for storage of scrapbooking supplies, important documents, or pictures.

So the main differences between these and regular Pendaflex folders are the strength of the tabs and the spring feature.

The price difference at full price is about 16 cents. A box of 25 green folders is $14.99, or $.60 each. A box of these in green is also $14.99, but you only get 20 folders, which is $.76 each. Colored folders in both styles are a bit more. Is there an added value worth 16 cents per folder? I doubt that there would be for me, even though I have a pretty extensive home and home/business filing system. You would need to wear out four regular folders for each one of these to make it a trade off (16x4=64, just slightly more than the cost of a regular folder). Since I think I’ve worn out about four hanging file folders in my entire life- all because the rods were damaged somehow, I don’t think I’ll be spending the extra money, even though the Sure Hook folders are higher quality.

These come in letter and legal size, in normal capacity and wide bottom for a 2-inch capacity. They can be purchased in standard green, or an assortment of blue, red, yellow, bright green and pink.

I can’t find anything on the packaging, or on the web site, as to where these are made, so probably not in the USA. The parent company is Esselte.