Nichiban Co Ltd will release a tape dispenser that makes a straight cut edge in the first half of January 2010 in Japan.
While traditional tape dispensers use a saw-toothed blade and make notches on the cut end, the cut edge made by the new product, which is equipped with a newly designed blade, is almost straight.
The straight cut edge not only looks better but also prevents a tape from being ripped when it is being removed.
The new blade is straight, but it consists of small convex-shaped cutters. Nichiban designed the blade so that it becomes easy to cut a tape (smaller force is required) and safety is ensured.
The new tape dispenser is suited for Scotch tape and mending tapes. But it possibly cannot cut less adhesive tapes and stretchy tapes such as polypropylene tapes because they slip on the blade.
The product will come in two colors (black and white) at the price of ¥2,310 (approx US$25.2, including tax). Its replacement blade will cost ¥525 (including tax).