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General Tools 843/1 Pencil Compass and Scriber


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  • Designed for marking contours and circles
  • Positive wingnut adjustment
  • Full-length hardened steel pin in metal frame for greater rigidity
  • Constructed of brass plated steel
  • Pencil not included
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Technical Details
Part Number 843/1
Item Weight0.6 ounces
Product Dimensions0.5 x 2.8 x 6.6 inches
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Item model number843/1
Item Package Quantity1
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Additional Information
ASINB00004T7R8
Best Sellers Rank #29,698 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMay 3, 2006
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The General Tools and Instruments 843/1 Pencil Compass and Scriber is for marking contours and circles. Positive wing nut adjustment. Full-length hardened steel pin in metal frame for greater rigidity. Constructed of brass plated steel.

From the Manufacturer

Use this pencil compass and scriber to scribe and draw circles. It has a positive wingnut adjustment. The full length hardened steel pin is in a metal frame for greater rigidity. It is constructed of brass plated steel.

Customer Reviews

Wouldn't hold a pencil or stay adjusted.
Captain Barb
I am always on the search for something better but as of yet, i haven't found anything.
WVD
I can't believe I had to go online to find one of these.
Bacon God

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Brown on November 29, 2011
i am a 35 year experience cabinet/counter installer and have had one of these little jewels in my pouch every day for the last 35 years.
they are invaluable! IF... they say made in the USA ! if not, they are made of lead or some other easily bent metal looking goo.
i recently bought ten of them thinking they were the same quality GENERAL tool I had used all these years. they are not!
if you find one in some old mom and pop hardware store,and it says made in the USA, buy it!
but don't believe the old photo they are using to peddle this new non improved version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duane Laskey on June 19, 2013
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JUNK.....Poorly made and moves every time you try to tighten. Do not waste your money. I do not write many reviews, but feel the need to comment of the quality of this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim on September 16, 2011
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Don't be fooled by the photo of this item, in which the compass is stamped "made in USA". This is a made in China pice of junk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
I love my little scribe. Sure, it's a little dinky with no frills, but you get what you pay for. If you want a nicer tool, go with Veritas -- but you WILL pay. I always keep one of these guys in my tool belt -- it comes in handy for scribing for special cuts -- I use mine probably at least once every day. It's small size is a benefit when making those occasional awkward scribes where a large scribe might not fit. If you want a scribe, this is really all you need. Simple. Effective. Cheap (for the price, it can't be beat, and it's easily replaced!) Go nuts! Keep a spare in your truck or tool box!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Fleming on November 27, 2013
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The best inexpensive scriber I've found. Simple, easy to adjust and well made for the price. The wing nut setting holds securely.

Update: Well, I've had this scriber for a while now and found it not to be as sturdy as the same scriber made years ago. It's still OK, but far more tinny and bendy than units 20 years or so old. Too bad, the design is good but General has cheapened their product to the point that it's barely usable for scribing in finish carpentry work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peter sgouros on February 11, 2013
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I suppose it was a lot to expect, but the wingnut does not tighten enough to reliably remain at a consistent gap. makes it a bit difficult to rely on. a rubber washer between the major parts might help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By babyboomer on June 30, 2011
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We looked everywhere for this tool (my husband is a retired Wood Shop teacher). He wanted one small enough to fit in his pocket and capable of holding a pencil. They cost 49 cents in the old days! No one at the box stores knew what he was talking about. Low and behold, we found it on Amazon--General Tools is still selling them. We ordered two, just in case! It's a great little tool that is indispensable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prcarpenter on May 3, 2011
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The compasses were very inexpensive, so we were thrilled. We purchased 30 and have used about 12, of which 3 or 4 were unusable because the tightening nut is stripped out - in other words you can't tighten it to hold in any position. This makes the tool useless! I need to purchase more in the future- hopefully another brand.
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