I promise this is not an all-Starrett Christmas. Truth is (I hate to say) the last few things I’ve bought new from Starrett have been disappointing (especially a small pair of dividers). This tool, however, has not been a disappointment. Quite the opposite.
For years I struggled with compasses in the shop. They were not hardy enough. They lost their settings. Even the expensive German ones I bought were just not up to furniture work. Then I bought the Starrett No. 92, and I am now set for life.
It’s robust, precise and sharp. It holds its setting even when knocked a bit. And you can swap out the pencil for a metallic tip so you can use it as a divider. I know it’s expensive. But I spent way more money on the five other compasses that weren’t up to snuff.
Get it and be done.
The next item on the gift guide is dirt cheap. Promise.
— Christopher Schwarz