A little while ago we reviewed the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Fluid Pen, which was our first review of any type of correction accessory. After that review I figured it would be a good idea to also do a review of some actual correction tape, so today we will be looking at some Tombow Correction Tape.
The correction tape dispenser is pretty small and light weight, made of see through plastic, and contains a strip of tape that is 394 inches (just short of 33 feet) long and 1/6 of an inch wide. The tape is dispensed at the tip of a hard plastic guide that also acts as the mechanism for cutting the tape when you reach the end of your correction area. Using the tape initially was honestly a bit of a challenge. I found myself cutting the tape unevenly, laying it down unevenly, and even having the tape come off the guide. It took a bit of getting used to before I corrected all of these situations. The main thing I learned was that in order to get the tape to lay down smoothly you really need to hold the dispenser at a consistent angle and tilt it firmly forward to ensure a clean cut.
Here is a quick write up on the specs of the Tombow Correction Tape dispenser that serves as the baseline for our test of how easy it is to write over the tape once it has been used to correct a line of text. The bulleted types of pens you see mentioned will be covered up by the correction tape and then re-written over with the same type of pen.
If you click on the close up picture of the after writing sample you can see that each of the pens did fairly well in writing over the correction tape. There are a few rough areas, especially with the ballpoint and gel ink because both of those pens have moving mechanical parts that come in contact with the correction tape, whereas the Sharpie Pena and the Fountain Pen are each a direct delivery method of ink to surface without anything actually moving when the tip drags across it.
I find that the correction tape was a bit more appealing visually when used and when written over when compared to the liquid correction tape, but overall I’m just not a big fan of these types of products, so there likely won’t be further reviews of this type of product unless something rather innovative comes along. If it comes down to it I guess having something like the Tombow Correction Tape on hand is at least a good idea in case of emergency, but personally I’d just take the trouble of rewriting whatever I made the mistake on because it would just look so much better with out the correction tape or fluid on it.