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I read the other reviews and reviewed this with caution, and was surprised to find no flaws of any kind. Tested it thoroughly.
on 18 February 2017
Im glad I bought and tested this, as I needed a rule which could be bent, plus one which I wouldn't mind if it got damage as my more expensive and accurate engineering rules can't be bent.
It was a gamble buying this steel rule as other reviews made negative claims about it. Its possible that in the manufacturing process (not very likely with a steel rule(!) but possible) that each rule leaves the factory in a different state. Ive only bought one of these and this is what I found.
1) Thankfully, the rule is bang on accurate in length. To the millimetre! Not all rules are. Even tape measures by well known brands are often out by a millimetre or more at much shorter lengths but this is not. This is (as far as I can tell) very accurate in length. I have many rules and tape measures and this measures up to engineering rules costing 5 times the price.
5/5 for measuring accuracy. This surprised me as others had stated otherwise. Maybe its a newer design, I don't know.
2) Straightness. Again, 5/5. No edge is ever perfectly straight, but my rule appears to be. I certainly can't find any of the flaws others spoke of.
The method I used was to attach a very thin string to two points, ensure the string was taught, and grade the rulers straightness looking carefully along its full length for deviations mentioned by another reviewer. I could find no deviations with my hands, eyes, the string, nor could I see any deviations after using a sharp pencil to draw a straight line and using all four methods and all of my available senses to find defects. I just couldn't find any problems with it.
3) Quality, sturdiness. Perfect. A rock solid 5/5.
I Cant scratch or rub off any markings. The steel rule is 900mm in length, completely flat, free from burrs and aesthetic defects and is one of my more durable workshop items. It appears to be perfectly cut, inked, and lined with no visible flaws.
Im not going to criticise the methods others used to review this, but it appears to be perfect in every way, despite others stating theirs was not.
Im thrilled with the purchase. Having spent time trying (and failing) to find fault with this rule, id say it might safe to ignore the other reviews and give this a punt. I ended up simply wanting another flexible rule to use and abuse and would have been happy if this was slightly off, but was surprised to find it actually measured up to the best equipment I own.