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This “flatback” tape trades stand-out for the ability to bend around curves and offer a flat marking surface.  (The curved nature of normal tapes allows you to extend them out a good distance before they “break over” — this is called “stand-out.”)  Its tape is also rubber coated, and before you ask: yep, that’s a white board on the side.

This flattened 1” x 16’ tape for is designed with cabinetry in mind.  Just align the tape and accurately make your mark without the added hassle of fighting a curved edge.  You can use the small, round white board on the side for jotting down measurements — though it does strike me as a bit too Martha Stewart for my tastes.

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3 Responses to This Flatback Tape Bends Over Backwards For Accuracy

  1. Clinton says:

    I think I’d really like that. Stand out is great but the curve certainly makes it more difficult to mark accurately on non-flat contours. Though the science geek in me demands metric measurements on the unused edge. Why do so few tape measures have both imperial and metric marks? I understand it on small pocket tapes but on a one inch tape either mark both edges with the same marks or use one edge for metric. Heck on this one they could use the other side since it’s flat.

  2. Chris Morse says:

    I have one of these. it was an impulse buy at Rockler. It is nice and accurate but standout is a really nice thing to have and you miss it with this tape. It’s a wet noodle. takes some getting used to and will certainly not be your only tape measure.

  3. Eric says:

    I bought one of these last week from Highland Hardware (Atlanta). Seems to me I remember they also stocked a version with metric and/or metric/imperial. One of the features it has that I really like is called “storyboard.” There is a blank strip along the tape that you can jot notes down on, then wipe off. Useful when you are measuring several different things at one time and don’t want to carry an extra pad of paper for your cutlist. But I also agree with Chris – this won’t be your only tape measure.

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