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3.0 out of 5 stars Ink abrasion problem?, 17 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Silva Compass Expedition 4-360 (Sports)
I've had two Silva Type 4's - I bought the second one when the black ink showing the degree marks around the dial of the compass became too faint to read. Looks like they have been rubbed off. I treated the compass with care, and I think that this is a fault and that the compass should be more robust with respect to this kind of wear & tear. Anyway the replacement compass is remaining readable so far, and other than this niggle, it's reliable kit. Has anyone else noticed this problem?
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2010 19:54:58 BDT
G. Atkinson says:
Yeah the exact same has hapened to my compass - the degree marks are now seriously faded after only one year of use. This is disappointing from Silva, but otherwise it's very acccurate.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 16:24:44 BDT
M. Thompson says:
Yup. Very common proplem with the markings. Silva deny any issue, but every expedition 4 i've ever seen the bezel marks have started to rub off. I went over to Recta compasses for a while, but now use a Silva Ranger 3 which does not have the rubbing issue

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 15:35:27 BDT
DEFINITELY a problem! A year and a bit of use and the markings began to fade. I agree, it's very accurate otherwise but it's a pity you have to do a bit of estimating regarding the reading! Silva should take note!

Posted on 12 Oct 2011 15:17:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Oct 2011 15:18:54 BDT
Sounds like a good compass if you don't use it/ want it throw it my way I am sure there are ways of replacing the markings accurately.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2011 16:02:24 BDT
Neil M says:
Not just yet! I work in a company that has an inks laboratory. I've asked them to formulate an ink that won't wear off, and they're on to it! First attempt failed, but that might be because I wiped off the ink before it had set in the "trough" that is the marker tick. I didn't want to leave it too long otherwise the whole edge of the dial might get permanently covered. So, I'm not going to give it away just yet!! Would be nice if Silva would listen in to our complaints. I couldn't leave them this feedback on their site.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2011 21:49:25 BDT
Have you tried permanent marker in the troughs you can get them very fine indeed

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 08:41:11 BDT
Neil M says:
Good idea - thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 16:26:22 BDT
I am buying a Silva I have not tried the Permanent Marker but that is what I would do If I suffer the same problem.
I have a Faber-Castell MULTIMARK 1525 permanent S (I presume that means small) It even has an RADIERER/ERASER at the end I have never tried the Eraser on anything (but how do you erase a permanent mark LOL If you try using the marker please tell me the results.
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