In school every teacher had a roll or rolls of masking and scotch tape in dispensers on their desks. Most office environments, even in restaurants and at reservation desks, have the same thing. In the world of painting, the tape is easier to handle and manipulate from the roll, not from a heavy weighted dispenser. Somehow this free form approach to tape usage transitioned into kitchens where painters tape is used to label things. While painters use vast lengths of tape, chefs and cooks use, at most, 6 inches of tape at a time. And yet the rolls of tape float around the kitchen, often lost or tied to a post with weathered kitchen twine.
The first time I saw a tape dispenser in the kitchen was via a picture by Danny Bowien. I think it was on Twitter, but I can't remember for sure. This was years ago. I thought the idea was brilliant. I asked out loud "why hadn't we done that?" Years have gone by and we finally bought the tape dispenser. It sits on the counter, the tape pulls off smoothly and cuts cleanly, making labeling much easier. Now we can always find the tape. And we no longer have to worry about the torn edge. Really, it wasn't that bothersome until everything became clean edged and then I realized how sloppy it looked before. Now it's time to work on my handwriting.