Black nasty was always a good trading medium, I gave a new roll of 2" to some lads from the SBS (after fixing their kit without the 1045 palaver, they need all the help they can get) for free and they were gobsmacked. Paracord was the devil to get, but ordinary nylon cord was a good second best
Now the NSN,s are out, hammer the QM,s with demands and again in two weeks time. it's an expense item if I recall correctly but what part number is it for rocking horse shyt and can you get any. Even rarer, Decisions Yes, Qty 10 Pkt. and Decisions No, Qty 10 Pkt.
"Gaffer" tape - the film making industry's name for a truly ubiquitous product. So called because the chief electrician is known as the Gaffer.
OK, so Sir Jezzer said it, but do we really want to start sounding like the arty-farty, champagne socialist types who work in entertainment? Personally, I'll always think of it as masking tape.
And by the way, is it not also true that what used to be BAOR was held together by the D10 wire abandoned by units in woods and forests when they bugged out? I suspect that, if anyone has been around clearing that lot up, it's no wonder the world is falling gently outwards at the moment ...