Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 5
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by parttimehack Feels a little too light - but good enough for me
for me, I am using this to scribe for a circle in the ceiling so I can stick a electrical light housing can up above. I've done a few of these and always I just used the electrical fixture but this might give me that little extra precision. It didn't seem to want to go out to the full 6 inch radius, but the max for me is 3" so it is within range. there is a plastic cover that goes over the little needle, which you'd ideally don't want to lose, it secured with a knurled knob - which if you unscrew it too much, you;ll lose the knob and now you're worse off. Better to lose the plastic cap. This is a very small compass but adequate enough for most do it yourself person.
March 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by msd Handy light duty little compass
I often have to make round corners on various wood working projects in my shop, and have often used a can or any available round object to draw the circle on the wood for cutting. Well I finally got this little compass and it is quite handy. There is a needle and/or point for rotating on - you can switch it to either the needle or the less sharp point to use to rotate. Then there is the pencil holder portion. This has a standard pencil sized hole with a thumb screw to hold the pencil. Obviously a simple setup, but it works fine and is light and easy to use. No more cans for my circles. I am not sure how you can actually have a wood shop without at least this compass/scriber.
March 6, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bear68 Too delicate for the tool box!
The "coated die-cast" body is cheap plastic. After cutting away enough of the packaging to get at it, I tried to slide it out; broke one leg off with very little pressure.
July 11, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RacerX2oo3 Lacks important features
Picked this up to scribe some trim to a wall. Unfortunately there is no way to lock the arms of the compass. As soon as you transfer the scribe to your wood, you'll find the arms moving making it impossible to get an accurate scribe. would have spent a little more on a higher quality scribe, but this seemed to be the only tool of its kind carried in the store. it's probably ok for making basic circles, but for any kind of complex transfer type work I'd look for another option
October 26, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jdizzle Not great for scribing
Was hoping to use this for the window sill I made,cutting the casing etc. but the pencil placement and the the way the needle set up wasn't cop-ascetic...I'm no 'Riley' from PBS but I can make it level on the level and winded up paying a little more for a simple brass one..I wouldn't use this to spin radiuses either..you get what you pay for
January 22, 2014