Desk Tools

Tetu Cast Iron Tape Dispenser

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).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: emmohome

Ruler Clip

Add this to your desktop tools wish list pronto (along with the Eraser Brush). It’s a ruler and bookmark all in one, which makes it perfect for planners or journals. Make note that this is marked with mm and 1:500 scale, as you’ll not find your usual inch markings.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £7.00
Available from: Present and Correct

Graph Stamp Set

Bring out that inner geometry teacher in you with these neat graph stamps. These are indeed the real-deal and are actual teaching tools, but if you’re like me, you’ll be using these for crafts projects instead of graphing inverse trigonometric functions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Available from: EAI Education

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STRIP tape dispenser

Hmm, I’m not sure how functional this dispenser is compared to a traditional version, but it sure beats the heck out of it in terms of interest. Made from die-cut aluminum, you hold the dispenser in one hand while pulling/cutting with the other (see note above regarding functionality). It’s certainly minimal, and has the ‘ooo, what’s that’ factor.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

Eraser Brush

Why-oh-why does the local art supply shop not have this in stock? An eraser on one end of a solid wood block, and a natural hair brush to sweep away the rubbings… it makes so much sense, and is so simple and utilitarian (=lovely) that you’d think it’d be a no brainer to have a big box of them available. If anyone sees a U.S. retailer carrying this, please let me know.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £9.00
Available from: Present and Correct

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Measuring Tape Tape

Oh, how useful this would be (which is why the Museum of Useful Things stocks it, I suppose). This yellow paper tape is printed with a markings every 1/8 of an inch, and is perforated at the end of each foot. When it comes to measuring boxes, furniture, and whatever else, I’d vote for this tape to be my tool of choice. It would stay put and allow accurate measurements.

Made in the USA.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.50
Available from: Museum of Useful Things

Tidy Ruler

Nice, here’s a ruler that has a special groove for a pencil and a sharpener built in at its end. Now you (or your offspring) will always know right where the desk essentials are located. Measures in inches and centimeters.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $11.99
Availability: Buy Tidy Ruler here

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BRASS Index Clip

More Midori brass stuff for your office area… these clips can be attached to a page halfway as a sort of flag, or, attach them all the way as a label frame (see photo below). Made of solid brass and comes as a set of six.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: baum-kuchen

Moustache Clips

Whether you’re tired of them or not, moustaches are here to stay. It was only a matter of time before they appeared in the form of a clip; now your reports and paperwork can have that jaunty air that only a proper moustache can bring. Silly? Yes. Sort of fun? Definitely.

1 inch L x 1/2 inch H.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Midori Brass Ruler

If you liked the Brass Clip Numbers, you might also consider adding this ruler to your desk tools. Made of solid brass, it has a nice weight to it and has one raised edge to prevent smudging. There’s also a lovely Brass Pen if you appreciate consistency.
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Price: $17.00
Available from: baum-kuchen

Huh. Stamp

I like these little snarky “stamps of disapproval”. Perfect for when you’re feeling a little “meh” about the quality of someone’s work.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: The Curiosity Shoppe

Kaoiro Japanese Emoticon Stamp

The Japanese have a certain way of expressing themselves in emoticons.  While most of us are content with the standard colon-parentheses smiley face : ) , the Japanese prefer to use a variety of symbols, communicating a wide range of expressions beyond just happiness. The Kaoiro is a stamp specifically designed for recreating these emoticons in the very analog world of paper and print ( ^ _ ^ ).
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Purchase Information:

Price: ¥2,700.00
Available from: gung

Poppin Office Supplies

I’m a little remiss in posting this after the official launch, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Poppin is a new online shop offering great office supplies for pretty decent prices. I’ve had them bookmarked for weeks and now it seems all their products are available to purchase (their website is still in beta, though, so be kind). Whether you’d like an overhaul of your desk supplies or just a few odds and ends, their site is chock full of colorful office essentials (along with the requisite black and white pieces, of course).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2.00 and up
Available from: Poppin

Stickit Tape Dispenser

One of life’s little annoyances is trying to get a piece of tape with one hand. This MDF dispenser by Chris Hardy has a sticky polyurethane gel base which adheres (lightly) to any surface, making one-handed procurement possible.

Includes one roll of tape.
Made of MDF.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Plattfuss Rubber Bands

Rubber bands made of recycled bicycle tubes. Making flats useful = nice. Also, another item making flats useful is the smart IT Clip that Simon posted a while back. It allows you to make your old inner tubes into tie down straps.

A bag of 70 in assorted sizes.
Made in Switzerland by «tät-tat».

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: PLASTICA