At times it might seem as if there’s a slight disposition on this site to feature the more expensive items available in the marketplace, however, know that this tape dispenser by Makoto Koizumi is one of today’s picks primarily for its design and weight. Cast iron would ensure a one handed operation (one can assume) and the design is naturally minimal. Also, if you’re interested, Makoto Koizumi also designed a simple cast iron Tetu door stopper and paper weight that has the form of a rounded stone (see below).
Tape dispenser in cast iron and walnut.
“This cast iron door stopper was made with Nambu Tekki (cast iron). Nambu cast iron was first made in the middle of 17th century in Iwate, northern Japan, the area rich with this material. A master from Kyoto was summoned by the lord to create an iron pot for a tea ceremony, and signifies the beginning of the nambu-tekki (cast iron) craft. It became exemplary of Japanese traditional craft, and is still popular today.” -emmohome