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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
Never thought I'd review a ruler, but this is just such a ripoff. I bought the aluminum version of this and I really loved it when I first bought it, it seemed heavy and well made. I thought this would be the last ruler I'd ever have to buy. But after two months of VERY occasional use, the print is starting to come off! It looks like it's 30+ years old now. What good is a ruler with no print? The Westcott name on this ruler is meaningless, the original Westcott quality is obviously not there anymore. Oh well, the logo will probably rub off soon too anyway.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The printing on this ruler wears off and you are left with a piece of steel with a few numbers and black marks. This is a good ruler when you first get it but the line are pretty important to... MEASURE THINGS! Steel rulers are much better than plastic. Now Westcott needs to come up with a better way to make the numbers and lines... try laser engraving!!! Do that and I will buy one.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
I bought this item despite all the reviews saying it wasn't engraved because the product description specifically stated that it is engraved--I thought maybe they had changed the way they made the ruler or something. Wrong.

The measurement markings are not engraved, and the paint will probably wear off over time. I didn't want to find out, so I just returned it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
I bought this a month ago. I use it lightly maybe once a week for work. At this point most of the lines and numbers have come off. I don't have sweaty hands and live in a rather pleasant environment, so these are not reasons why the print has come off. The ruler is simply of poor quality (the metal, however has lasted well). What is the point in having a ruler that can't measure anything??
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
A steel Ruler is a steel ruler - not much to say about it. Most, including this one, have a cork backing so they will be non-scratching and non-slipping. The one on this looks nice but unfortunately the manufacturer put a product sticker with UPC and other info right in the middle of the cork backing. It's the kind of sticker that will never come off of a surface which isn't smooth and sealed (and the cork is neither) without tearing and leaving a gluey mess of torn sticker paper that is impossible to get off.

Yeah, that is a relatively minor complaint but one that I find extremely irritating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
Ruler has extra space at the ends so neither side starts at zero (like the Westcott metal ruler that I'm replacing). I guess I didn't look closely enough at the picture provided because it does show the extra space. There was also a label with a bar code and company name pasted on the back that I can't peel off, partially defeating the utility of the cork backing. I'll keep searching the local stationery stores for what I want.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2008
I dislike intensely rulers that don't start at zero. This one has about 1/8" at either end before the measurements start. I guess this is just a lazy way of making rulers to low tolerances. The model it relaced "R590-15 was exactly 15" long and started and ended on the mark. Just can't see this with the picture, so I ordered it without knowing this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2014
When I first got this ruler I thought it would last forever with it being basically a solid piece of metal with cork on the bottom. Boy was I wrong about that. The metal and cork itself are fine, so if you're looking for a straightedge this will do fine. If you ever need to actually measure something you might want to stock up on these though because the markings begin to wear off after minimal use (see picture). This ruler is funnily enough made by Acme, the same people who made poor old While E.Coyote suffer so much with their horrible products continues to this day. Bottom line don't buy this, it's a piece of garbage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
I have the old version of this 6" ruler & I love it. When I happened across this while searching Amazon, I bought 2!

The pros:
+ Low cost of $2.98, with free Amazon shipping when I bought my two.
+ Good customer product reviews.
+ Stainless steel construction.
+ Nice large hanging hole.
+ Inch & cm markings.

The cons:
- The edges are NOT deburred on the bottom, so it's sharp! I had to file them smooth.
- Cork stuck onto the bottom. Yes, it's suppose to be a "non slip" feature... don't like it, so I peeled it off.
- Feels thinner, compared to the earlier version?
- The inch & cm markings don't start on the ends, as the previous version does. This redesigned ruler has rounded edges... perhaps for safety?

Closing thoughts:
I prefer having the inch & cm marking exactly on the ends, as this makes measuring into corners possible, Not so easy to do with rounded ends & the scale starting nearly 1/8" in from the edge. It appears Westcott has redesigned all their stainless steel rulers this way? :(
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I bought this to use as a small straight-edge when working with geometry; plastic rulers will start to wear and chip after time. It's very thin and narrow, just like you'd expect. Not much to say about a ruler.

The only downside is that the ruler has a large product sticker on the bottom side, covering 1/2 of the cork surface. Why have a cork bottom if it's going to be covered by a slick sticker?
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