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We were a bit skeptical about a plastic handled square in the shop.  First, there’s all the heavy metal laying around that we bang about on every surface.  Then we normally only have one hand free to grab a square with and mark with the other — while wearing gloves most of the time.  So, when the Kapro 309 Ledgend promised to be the toughest ever — and to give you an extra hand — we took a look. 

Though it looks like any other square when viewed with a quick glance, the 309 does have a few cool features that might make your life in the shop a bit easier.  The first and most notable is the “support ledge” located on the handle portion.  It’s simply a blade-like protrusion, but it looks like it might actually grip on and allow the user to (even with a gloved hand) grab and position it for an accurate reading without the use of the other hand.

As a full-featured framing square the Ledgend also has 22.5°, 45° and 67.5° edges for beveling and framing and 9 angles are marked on the 8″ long blade.  All in all that’s not a bad return on the $8 investment.

We have found however that squares are one of those funny things many hobbyist and pros alike have a varied view on. If you have a strong opinion one way or the other or have used one of these, comment and give us the scoop!

309 Ledgend Framing Square [Kapro]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Kapro 309 Ledgend Square

  1. Steve Thompson says:

    I don’t know if I like the support ledge. It seems it would work fine on picture frames, or items in the same plane, but sometimes you need to tilt it down to get a good purchase on the reference edge. Besides, it’s not rosewood and brass (someone say something about opinionated square owners?).

  2. Eli says:

    Yep, I’m with Steve. For 15 bucks shipped I got a pefectly broken in Stanley off ebay. Anyway, plastic tools around welders and grinders always get those little burnt-up pockymarks all over them.

  3. Michael says:

    Seems like a nice square for a hobbyist. I’m perfectly content to continue use my old Stanley combination squares to make furniture. If I get epoxy or some other substance on it I can simply wire brush it off.

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