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Gramercy Tools Drafting Rules

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Gramercy Tools Drafting Rules - One great feature of this drafting rule is how easy it is to lift up and move without smudging or video

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The Gramercy Tools Drafting Rule takes the essential features of a traditional drafting rule and pushes them in a new, modern direction.

The Rule has a cove on each side, you can pick it up just by pressing down on the back edge. The edge gets lifted up and is easy to grab. No more dragging around and smudging your work.

The angled numbers are easy to read no matter whether the Rule is horizontal or vertical. And those easy-to-read letters, numbers and lines are CNC engraved - not stamped, laser etched, etc: they're engraved. Engraving gives them depth, and permanence. The engravings are done in the same setup that we use for making the entire rule, so we really know it's accurate.

Another worthy feature: the end gradations. A good rule should make it possible for you to draw quickly and easily and then move on to the next measurement, or to measure something without having to contort yourself. The end gradations help that a lot.

We made the Rule out of 260 naval brass. This was a bit of luxury. We could have made it thinner and we could have made it out of lighter materials, but then the Rule would just not feel as good in the hand.

The brass will mellow to a nice patina, with a matte surface that will hide fingerprints and maintain its elegance.

We make the rulers in three different permutations: English measurements on both sides (6”); Metric on both sides (150 mm); and a Combination English-Metric (6” long with a small space on the 150mm side).

We also did something controversial. We dropped the 64th of an inch measurement lines. The ruler is engraved and the cove has easy to read 1/32nd units. If you need increments finer than that, you simply draw a measure in the middle of the two 1/32nd in lines. But for most uses, the 64th central lines are unhelpful and can even get in the way of full legibility. The square edge is graduated in ⅛” marks. The metric rules are graduated in 1mm on the square edge and 1/2 mm on the cove edge.

Made completely in Brooklyn. Patent Pending.
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Very Nice, But A Missed Opportunity
By: Bill James (Dec, 2022)
I want very much to treat myself to this rule (probably English/English, but possibly English/Metric), as a small rule is an always-used tool in my furniture making, but I think you've missed a couple of opportunities in the rule's current design. First, I completely agree with and applaud your elimination of 64ths for all of the reasons that you state in the description. Where I think that you've missed an opportunity is in making the back/reverse side of the English/English rule exactly like the front side (I can't tell if you've put end graduations on the reverse at the 1" end, as the photos are cut off). Since I suspect that many of your purchasers will be using this rule for woodworking, as opposed to drafting/drawing, I believe that the scale on the reverse should be laid out as a right-to-left 1" to 6" scale with 1/32 graduations, opposite from the "normal" left-to-right scale that is currently used on BOTH sides. There are many situations where having a right-to-left scale is helpful, often while taking some "inside" measurement where one end of the rule is up against an obstacle. While I recognize that I could use the non-coved side of the rule to get the right-to-left scale that I'm looking for, that kind of defeats the whole purpose of this otherwise beautiful rule, not to mention the lack of fine enough gradations (see next paragraph). I also think that the choice to have a 1/8 scale on the non-coved edges of the rule also misses the point in what one is likely measuring with a short rule. Perhaps I'm not recognizing a need for a 1/8 scale, but certainly we don't need two of them and one could have easily been graduated in 1/16ths, especially if the designer's intent was for this non-coved edge to be used for the right-to-left scale that I'm suggesting. Taking a cue from the Metric scales where the largest graduation used in 1 mm would have been more useful to your likely audience. These missed opportunities aside, the rule looks like a fabulous tool that would be a pleasure to use over many years. I've got plenty of matte-finish stainless steel rules that employe the suggestions that I've made, but with their sharp edges and utilitarian feel they are just not satisfying to hold and use. I suspect that this rule is exactly the opposite and has those finer qualities...if only I could have better graduations.
I'm so glad I said yes.
By: Scott (Jul, 2022)
This ruler is truly a work of art! I can't resist turning it over in my hands. Nicely done--as usual. And remarkable that, in 2022, someone out there is working to make a better ruler.
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By: Bruce McCrory (Mar, 2022)
Just read your blog of 3/29/22. I'm a designer and drafter who used tilt-tops, flat-tops, and mice. My physical scales were those accumulated via attrition and they had beautifully worn edges that offered point-on scribe transfer. As Maylines and arm-machines(?) allow working from the south side your minor deviation from the original is definitely an advantage. If anything, I would suggest further modification to paring knife edge.
By: Bruce McCrory (Dec, 2021)
Just received my drafting rule. The English/Metric w/ End Grads. Heavier than I have used; and, I still have many from my design-construction life. It's probably the handiest one, just don't canvass for any bigger. Occasionally, I treat myself. This is my new favorite.
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