The first and most humble of the Toolmonger Favorite offerings this year is also one of the greatest values, Stanley’s Tylon Series short tapes. We have several lengths rolling around the Toolmonger shop, but the 12’ tape is by far my favorite and has been since I first started with it.
It’s rare that a tape measure takes all the bitches I had with the current tape (which I liked) and systematically eliminates them to render a — and I don’t say this word lightly — perfect tape measure experience. The nylon coating on the tape itself doesn’t mar finished wood and is easy to read. The housing is lightweight and uber-durable, and the spring doesn’t try to sever digits off when it retracts. That’s about as good as you could expect from mortal engineering.
Of course, should wizard-defeating properties or a bottomless good luck dispenser be added to its list of features by a benevolent deity of unknown power, it would drive the low cost of the four dollar, 12’ tape right out of our price range. So I’m quite satisfied with the current release model.
If you are looking for a great line of tapes to invest in for your or a loved ones shop, you can do no better in our opinion than Stanley’s Tylon series — no joke.