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mhlee
10-13-2011, 01:15 PM
I'm looking to buy a caliper and a magnifier (not a loupe). Can you guys recommend models of each?

For a magnifier, I'd prefer something like a magnifying visor. Thanks.

Benuser
10-13-2011, 01:53 PM
I use a vernier caliper by Mitutoyo, Japan, and a micrometer by Limit, Sweden. Both are great and work very well. Mitutoyo's F&F are exceptional. I use the micrometer to measure the thickness behind the edge.

SpikeC
10-13-2011, 05:00 PM
Optivisor is the standard in the jewelry biz.

mr drinky
10-13-2011, 05:28 PM
If you go on eBay you can usually find a variety of Mitutoyo point micrometers, and if you want one that only measures in metric, they are often cheaper.

k.

Dave Martell
10-13-2011, 06:06 PM
I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.

JohnnyChance
10-14-2011, 05:00 AM
I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.

I would imagine those would be awesome to have for quick checks while grinding blades.

Eamon Burke
10-14-2011, 04:39 PM
I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.

You mean one that isn't $300?

ajhuff
10-14-2011, 05:01 PM
Any cheap plastic digital caliper is more than adequate for what you want to do. I personally am a big fan of Mitutoyo but there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars. I use a $50 pair in the garage like this: http://www.amazon.com/Mitutoyo-700-126-Plastic-Digital-Caliper/dp/B001C15WFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1318626770&sr=1-1

-AJ

apicius9
10-14-2011, 07:49 PM
I picked up a few cheap 8" calipers on ebay, lost 1/3 pretty quick, have to see how long the other ones hold up. Maybe getting a quality one IS cheaper, but I don't need ultra precision. What I find extremely helpful is if you can switsh from real measures (mm) to awkward measures (inch fractions) :)

Stefan

Chef Niloc
10-14-2011, 08:19 PM
I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.

Here you go Dave

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Tool-819-Model-S-Caliper-Snap-Gage-B-S-/160537147147#vi-content

Dave Martell
10-14-2011, 09:16 PM
Here you go Dave

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Tool-819-Model-S-Caliper-Snap-Gage-B-S-/160537147147#vi-content


Wow that's an oldie, eh?

99Limited
10-14-2011, 09:18 PM
Wow that's an oldie, eh?

Nothing like using a measuring device to measure a measuring device's measure.

Dave Martell
10-14-2011, 09:21 PM
Nothing like using a measuring device to measure a measuring device's measure.

Yeah really.