From Seth's Corner - IT IS THE NORPRO - STAINLESS STEEL TWINE HOLDER --- and yes it does come with 1 ball of string.. see our combination pack for this with extra string at a discount.. - And yep this stops the twine from twisting around in a drawer around all of your other little gadgets... to a point where you have to cut the twine from around the apple coring maching or from around the spoons. This is a stylish items fit for any gourmet kitchen... but don't forget to by the twine that goes in it!!!! Check out our packaged special section and I bet you will find two balls of twine and a twine holder for sale!!! Any bets!!! Good Job Seth!!!