Folding Brass Meter Rule

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-16-2013 11:02 AM 1649 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a weakness for brass tools, though it’s usually tempered by my budget. I found this folding brass meter rule on eBay and happened to have the funds, so I snapped it up. There is no maker’s mark on it anywhere. I also have a hard time figuring how it was effectively used. Whereas our Lufkin brand folding rulers stay rigid when unfolded, the meter rule has very loose joints. It’s like trying to measure with a piece of chain. I guess in a moment of desperation you could lay it out on the board you wanted to measure. It’s very small when fully collapsed and measured out in centimeters and millimeters. I still think it’s a cool find. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 01:49 AM

That’s neat. I’ve had dozens of zig-zag style in wood and steel, one in vintage plastic, but I’ve never seen a brass one. Did you look on both sides for a marking? Could it be a European make?

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:56 AM

I looked on both sides with a strong magnifying glass. No maker’s mark. I’m sure it’s from Europe, but that’s a guess.

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