Starting a thread to show off our favorite tools, be they for sketching, designing, or whatever’s your treasure. I’m a gearhead and love nice tools, so I know I’ll post a bunch and hope all you other tool geeks do as well.
First post and thread topic inspired by Yo’s “whatsit?” challenge from his Sketch A Day thread:
(Apple: insanely great or just good enough - a second look)
Koh-I-Noor pencil extender thingy. And a set of sweeps I made while in school. I still use the former; the latter not so much these days.
Looking forward to seeing more treasures, folks.
dang, wish I still had my sweeps! I do most of that super tight stuff in illustrator these days. Do kids still have to make sweeps?
I’m class of '02 and I didn’t one could make sweeps. Now I want to make some after seeing those!
I did have a classmate that bought a set of 30+ french curves. Always difficult to find the one you need from a per-manufactured set though.
I still have my 2d print out template that we used to make our own sweeps off of in college (too poor to buy the real one )
Chevis, a professional brought his sweeps into class and let us trace them so we could make our own.
One from the “fine measuring tools” drawer of the toolchest (Sharpie for scale, glass container to hold stuff down for photographing).
Keuffel & Esser 100’ tape:
_made in the U.S.
_folding hand rewinder knob w/detent capture
_tape end has folding hook to anchor one end as you walk it out
_real leather wrap
_weighs 4 lbs. -ish
_rollers for smooth retraction of tape
I estimate its age at 60+ years. Works like a charm. Though to be honest, my need for a 100’ tape is pretty infrequent! Good for exterior building and small lot measurements.