Manufacturer: 3M. Sold Individually 1" Core Desk Tape Dispenser For tapes 1/2" and 3/4" wide up to 1500" long. Weighted, nonskid base for one-hand dispensing. Extra Core (MMMC15CORE), sold separately. Burgundy Customers also search for: 3M;Burgundy;SCOTC
This is the tape dispenser model i have on most of the desks i have worked at over the years. I prefer the scotch tape with it, others can bind up more or break. This is the basis of most dispesers on the market.
Scotch C-38 Tape Dispenser is nice for many reasons. It can be operated (usually) with only one hand, making it more convenient than ordinary dispensers that require one hand to hold them and another to tear the tape. As long as you don't pull too quickly, you should have no problem tearing off just the right amount of tape with one hand. Tear too quickly, and the unit is likely to slide across your desk a little bit. I found that, out of habit, I often used both hands when I was first introduced to this dispenser. Now, I feel confident enough that I let one hand do the work when I need some tape.
What helps keep this unit in place on your desk when you pull the tape are the pads on the bottom and the fact that the inside is weighed down with sand. The pads on the bottom are made from a material that is rubber- like but that also contains cloth and possibly other materials. These pads help to hold the unit in place on a smooth desktop. It will still move if you pull the tape too quickly but as long as you are gentle, there should be no problem keeping the unit from sliding around. The other reason the device doesn't move is because it is filled with sand (I assume it is sand- I wouldn't know for certain unless I broke the unit open with a hammer). Why the company chose to use sand isn't certain, but I'm sure cost was a factor. Solid metal would have also done the trick and it would have eliminated the sound of shaking sand (it isn't packed tightly- you can shake it and hear the sand granules) when you move the device around. But solid metal would also cost more, so this is reason enough to use material like sand.
Scotch recommends, of course, that you refill using only rolls of Scotch brand tape.Read more ›