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As for the actual fly killing, the Hope swatter is very good, but the floppy leather head means it lacks the intense whip of the Pic. The leather also adds weight, which puts a bit too much flex in the handle. With the two swatters side by side, these differences are noticeable, but we found that with a little added arm strength and an emphasis on a wrist twitch, the Hope is almost as good as the Pic.

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In addition to those two swatters, we looked at the Jiemei Fly Swatter, which was especially inexpensive and felt flimsy and plastic. The Smart Swatter is shorter than the Pic by nearly 3 inches. Our previous pick, the Enoz Fly Swatter, had a nice snap, but the wire head on ours quickly deformed after only a few swats. Enoz also makes the Sergeant Swat, an overbuilt swatter that was so stiff and bulky, it dented a wood coffee table with our first swat.

The fishing rod fly swatter from River's Edge Products offers many great features for slaying those pesky house flies and other insects. One such feature is the durable graphite shaft that can withstand the punishment of even the most aggressive swings and final blows. The EVA foam handle with trigger grip make smashing those pesky flies as easy as fishing. The flyswatter measures approximately 26.5 inches in length, which is the perfect power to length ratio for maximum effectiveness. Also, makes for a perfect gift idea for those looking to lay waste to the hordes of those pesky flies that seem to conjure in the masses during any outdoor occasion.

Of course, you can buy some inexpensive fly swatters at your local dollar store. I especially like the Fun Shapes Paint Swatters from Discount School Supply. They are just the right size for little hands and each of the 6 styles of swatters are a different shape and color. Children can use the swatter of their choice and easily return it to its correct color paint tray.

Not your common fly swatter, our eco-friendly fly swatter is made of certified organic bamboo and cork fabric. The handle is hand-burnished and finished, while the cork fabric is perforated for stealth swatting.

This is the way your grandparents remembered this essential tool of summer. No awful flimsy plastic handle. Wire frame, wood handle, strong mesh with sewn edges. Looks like it will last, and it will. Plus it looks really neat.This is a single flyswatter, also sold as a set of five. 21" long overall. Made in France.

This is the way your grandparents remembered this essential tool of summer. No awful flimsy plastic handle. Wire frame, wood handle, strong mesh with sewn edges. Looks like it will last, and it will. Plus it looks really neat.This is a single flyswatter, also sold as a set of five. 21\\\" long overall. Made in France.

A leather flyswatter that you'll be proud of, handmade with finished oak handles and thick full grain leather, it's the perfect alternative to that cheap plastic eyesore we all rely on. These flyswatters are perfect gifts for those hard to gift occasions.

The flyswatter is a twentieth-century artifact. To create it as the recognizable, socially stable artifact and everyday object that it is today, two historical threads had to come together: a popular campaign against flies (inspired by the idiom of "swatting") and a widely-accepted design for fly-killing devices. Braiding together these threads shows us the historical process through which the flyswatter became an everyday thing. The flyswatter is therefore a clear example of an "everyday" technology.1 Familiar, mundane, routine: its use is "intuitive." The artifact's obviousness is only possible because the act of swatting, the long-handled device with a flat mesh head, and the desire to kill flies came together around 1900 and were gradually culturally normalized.

Crumbine's anti-fly campaign dovetailed with the U.S. Wire Mat Company's massive manufacturing project and the promotional force of the Boy Scouts through their magazine Boys' Life, then subtitled "For Boys and Boy Scouts" or "The Boy Scouts' Magazine." In the 1910s, the U.S. Wire Mat Company marketed $5.50 packs of 100 flyswatters to scouts through Boys' Life, suggesting them as a way for boys to make money and serve community by reselling them to hygienically-minded friends, family, and neighbors. The ads read, "Everybody is a customer; everybody will be swatting the fly; every home should have one in every room." The repeated word "every" illustrates the normalization of the flyswatter as everyday technology. Although marketing and money-making were clearly crucial here, the ads added an air of legitimacy by hinting that the flyswatter market reflected growing public awareness of, and concern for, disease and hygiene. The swatter industry and Crumbine cozied up, while public health and private profit peacefully coexisted.7

Literary authors also helped normalize the notion of the flyswatter. Though the most notable prose depiction of anti-fly campaigns is the satirical "Swat the Fly Week" in Sinclair Lewis's 1925 novel Arrowsmith, the printed record holds other suggestive texts. First are two anonymous and widely-reprinted poems called "Swat the Fly." One originated in 1911 with the Indiana Health Bulletin, and was later reprinted by the Kansas Board of Health and dental industry magazine The Bur. The other version, its text in a striking zig-zag layout, was reprinted in Missouri School Journal and political cartoon magazine Judge. A third, original "Swat the Fly" poem by May Farinholt Jones appeared in her 1916 children's health text Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks.10

The process of constructing the flyswatter as an everyday artifact took about four decades, from Montgomery's 1900 patent to WWII. Prominent doctors, designers, manufacturers, playwrights, and scout leaders, in addition to countless anonymous others, had worked to make it so. By the time Gates, Crumbine, Burgess, Bennett, and finally Dreyfuss died, the flyswatter had become a durable social construction; its design and use were commonplace. The flyswatter was born out of late-nineteenth-century medical and hygienic culture and came of age in the mid-twentieth century's booming economy of mass production and mass consumption. The flyswatter became everyday thanks to public health authorities, zealous civil associations, entrepreneurs, designers, and writers who constructed it as a socially routine and stable artifact with a recognizable form and function.

This popular plastic fly swatter is approximately 5"w x 17 1/2"h. This fly swatter is designed for swatting fast moving insects such as the pesky flies and mosquitoes. The fly swatter is all plastic and has a convenient hole at the end of the handle for you to hang it. The fly swatters comes in a variety of colors and may vary from those shown in the picture. You will receive a random color. We also have a more durable Fly Swatter with Metal Handle.

A flyswatter (or fly-swat, fly swatter[1]) usually consists of a small rectangular or round sheet of some lightweight, flexible, vented material (usually thin metallic, rubber, or plastic mesh) around 10 cm (4 in) across, attached to a handle about 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 ft) long made of a lightweight material such as wire, wood, plastic, or metal. The venting or perforations minimize the disruption of air currents, which can be detected by the fly and allow it to escape, and also reduce air resistance, making it easier to hit a fast-moving target such as a fly.

A flyswatter is ideally lightweight and stiff, allowing quick acceleration to overcome the fast reaction time of the fly (six to ten times faster than a human),[2] while also minimizing damage caused by hitting other objects. The flyswatter usually works by mechanically crushing the fly against a hard surface, after the user has waited for the fly to land somewhere. However, some skilled users can injure or stun an airborne insect in mid-flight by whipping the swatter through the air at an extreme speed.

The abeyance of insects by use of short horsetail staffs and fans is an ancient practice, dating back to the Egyptian pharaohs [Correction Needed]. The earliest flyswatters were in fact nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick. An early patent on a commercial flyswatter was issued in 1900 to Robert R. Montgomery who called it a fly-killer.[3] Montgomery sold his patent to John L. Bennett, a wealthy inventor and industrialist who made further improvements on the design.[4]

However, the origin of the name "flyswatter" does not come from its inventors. In the summer of 1905, Kansas was plagued by an overabundance of flies, which as well as causing annoyance, aided in the spread of communicable disease. Dr. Samuel Crumbine, a member of the Kansas board of health, wanted to raise public awareness of the threat of flies. He was inspired by a chant at a local Topeka softball game: "swat the ball". In a health bulletin published soon afterwards, he exhorted Kansans to "swat the fly". In response, a schoolteacher named Frank H. Rose created the "fly bat", a device consisting of a yardstick attached to a piece of screen. Crumbine had named the device now commonly known as the flyswatter.[5]

The fly gun (or flygun), a derivative of the flyswatter, uses a spring-loaded plastic projectile to mechanically "swat" flies. Mounted on the projectile is a perforated circular disk, which, according to advertising copy, "won't splat the fly". Several similar products are sold, mostly as toys or novelty items, although some maintain their use as traditional fly swatters.[citation needed] 041b061a72


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