The latest tool I got in the mail from him is this beautiful 12" engineer's square by Lufkin.
|Nice Lufkin 12" square with center finder.|
I didn't really notice in the photo, so when it arrived I was surprised it wasn't black, but O.D. green. I have no idea if this was common for Lufkin squares or not. Perhaps it was made for the military, but I found no markings on it that would suggest it. Besides, is O.D. green really going to blend in better than flat black when you need to measure something in the jungle?
|Side by side with my 6" Starrett.|
|Comparison of rules.|
I was eager to see how the old tool stood up. I checked and it is square as I can measure in my shop. Should be plenty good for woodworking. Just for fun, I tried the center finder on my smaller Starrett, and it fit perfectly. That might come in handy one day.
The fit and finish is just as good as the Starrett with only a couple of exceptions. First, I really like the engraving on the rule. The font of the numbers is really cool.
Second, and most importantly, is the Lufkin feels so much nicer to hold in my hand. The newer Starrett has a lot sharper of edges everywhere. Somehow, those edges have all been softened on the old tool. I suppose it is just a little extra attention to detail on the old stuff.
Over all, I have to say that the Starrett is an excellent tool. It is always reliable. I do not have to think about adjusting it or wondering if it is still accurate. If you are in the market for one and have the money, don't hesitate.
However, if you are a little short on funds, keep an eye out for a vintage model. This Lufkin is just as accurate and stable, as far as I can tell. I would say if you can look at it first, that is best. Otherwise, use a reputable old tool pusher like Josh.
I look forward to seeing how this tool makes itself used in my shop.