We'd be happy enough with something that made it simple to find the end of the tape every time we needed to tear a piece off. That the Zyp-Zyp Tape Tool is imbued with minimalist magic is just a bonus. Cast from an alloy of copper, nickel, and tin, it's finished by hand in Germany, weighs just 5 grams, and fits any 12mm wide roll of tape. To use it, just push down on the "teeth" end, find the end of the tape on the other side, pull it out, tear it off, and push the excess back down to lock it in place. As simple as its design.
Photos: Daniel Torz / Pascal Heiler