Black Tape

BTDT

Old-Salt
#1
Been out a few years so I need an update.

In my day, most of the Army was mended/held together with the ubiquitous black tape. I never heard it called anything else but "black tape".

In civilian life, most people call strong adhesive tape of this type "duct tape".

What is the current in-service term - "black tape", "duct tape", "Duck tape" or something completely different.

I only ask because I want to know.
 
#2
Beentheredonethat said:
Been out a few years so I need an update.

In my day, most of the Army was mended/held together with the ubiquitous black tape. I never heard it called anything else but "black tape".

In civilian life, most people call strong adhesive tape of this type "duct tape".

What is the current in-service term - "black tape", "duct tape", "Duck tape" or something completely different.

I only ask because I want to know.
Black Nasty?
 
#4
Black nasty for me to. Civvies call it gaffer tape. Lord knows why, especially because it's:

a. Black
b. Nasty


P.S Duct tape is a trade mark is it not?
 
#5
Duck tape is the brand name .duct tape is the american term even though building regs say you cant use it on ducts anymore .gaffa tape, harry black black&nasty,uk terms .
 

BTDT

Old-Salt
#6
Duck tape is a trade mark. Duct tape is the generic term (also used by the Duck tape company). Gaffer tape is stronger and non reflective, originally used mainly in tv and film work.
 
#9
Normally call it bodge tape
 
#11
Just to add further to previous comments, I'm under the belief that civvies call it gaffer tape after the "gaffer," who is the lighting foreman on TV and film sets, as the tape is frequently used for taping up gels (doesn't melt in the heat) and taping down cables.

Anyway, just checked this on wikipaedia:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaffer_tape

and lo and behold, saw this:-

"The tape is commonly referred to within the British Army as 'black and nasty'."

So who's been contributing to wikipaedia?

Also found these interesting anecdotes:-

"Duct tape is also called 100mph Tape in the military, citing the urban legend that duct tape will maintain its adhesion when subjected to winds traveling at up to 100 miles per hour."

"NASA engineers' faith in duct tape as an emergency tool was rewarded in 1970, when the square carbon dioxide filters from Apollo 13's failed command module had to be modified to fit round receptacles in the lunar module, which was being used as a lifeboat after an explosion en route to the moon. Engineers designed a workaround using duct tape and other items on board Apollo 13, relaying directions to the spacecraft's crew. The lunar module CO2 scrubbers started working again, saving the lives of the three astronauts onboard."

Also odd link:-

http://www.ducttapeguys.com/

Isn't it marvelous stuff?
Right, I'm off to find where I left my life................
 
#13
Para/SAS/Commando/SBS tape according to ebay...
 
#19
got 3 rolls 1metre away on the floor, always known it as black nasty. Its not quite as good as it used to be thought................. is anything LOL
 
#20
When I was knee high to a pace stick we called it jungle tape. When I joined and it was measured it by the inch for ammo packing and used for the front sight on a pig stick it was called black tape. Now, as a civvy I call it gaffer tape. Finally, when I tried to buy some in the US recently they called it duct tape or 100mph tape.......and I bought a roll of flourescent orange.
 

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