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Desk Items in BRASS 

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Do you know someone who has everything and is therefore a nightmare to get presents for? I may have a solution especially if they work at a desk, a range of three basic items but made in high quality brass any of which would be a huge talking point. I am told that only two of the three are currently available and the third is a pre-production sample.

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First the Stria Ruler – pre production – it folds out to 30cm – 12 inches – and is marked on both sides one in centimetres and the other in inches. A two centimetre area in the centre is what it pivots round.

Open or closed it’s an accurate measure with the centimetres and the tenths marked as inclines to .5cm. The inches are marked in sixteenths of an inch.

I was asked for my thoughts on the Stria Ruler and why not inscribe the central two centimetre area as a protractor so angles from 1 to 179 degrees could be measured, this area is currently clear. Although some thought to this option has been made as the two parts of the ruler open they click into position at 45, 90 and 135 degrees. The Stria Ruler is likely to be £72.

Next the Iris Drawing Compass this is a circle itself and it comes with a wooden support to allow it to display vertically when not in use. It is 10cm across with a cross pattern for most of the front apart from an area near the base that is inscribed in centimetres from 0-7. The back is rubberised so it will not scratch anything it is laid upon, there are 22 brass dots on the back that form the outline set within the rubber.

Now the clever bit the solid outside leaves a 7cm area clear in the centre twist the solid part and it gradually fills up the centre and therefore you can draw any size of circle accurately within this area. The instructions say any size between 3-70 mm. The Iris Drawing Compass is £90.

Hovel Pencil Plane this is a rather different way of sharpening pencils in that you plane the end of the pencil to get any size you need not what a pencil sharpener decides you want so however stumpy or elongated you require this plane can deliver. It is supplied with spare blades and even a spare brass twist screw that secures the blades into the plane. This is priced at £48.

The plane in solid brass is 5x3x1cm.

Certainly not something for a young child as the blades are naturally very sharp. Some might use it as a finishing tool once the pencil sharpener has started the point to get both the width and length you require.

All three tools are a talking point and all are weighty, the Ruler is 192 grams, the Drawing Compass is 144 grams and the Pencil Plane is 87 grams.

Items are available from www.makerscabinet.com and it is currently offering a 10% discount on your first order.

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