With measuring tool brands changing hands like mad in the last few years, you’ve never had more options to buy laser measuring gear. But let’s say you want something less bright-colored plastic and more aircraft aluminum — something less Tonka toy and more James Bond-beautiful. And let’s also say you’ve got $5k to spend on a laser level. Consider the Cornerstone, pictured above.
From the website:
“Machined from 7075 aircraft aluminum, 360 brass and 440c surgical stainless steel; projecting three athermalized laser reference planes through patent-pending, diamond-turned aspheric optics, and powered by rechargeable Li-ion cells. […] Imagine a compact tool that generates a highly accurate and complete level plane, like a rotator but with no moving parts. Got it? Now imagine another plane of light that runs across the floor, left to right, up the wall to your right, across the ceiling right to left, and down the wall on your left. And finally, imagine another plane of laser light simultaneously running along the floor in front of you to the wall ahead, up the wall, along the ceiling to the wall behind you and down the wall. A complete and portable plumb-level-square reference system.”
And as you can see from the photo above, it’s every bit as pretty as the prose on the site. Wrap all that machined metal up in a ceramic hardcoat, add some hardwood grips (with optional hand-checkering for you gun grip fanatics) and you’ve got a dead sexy piece of measuring gear.
$5,000 scores you the “basic kit,” which includes the Cornerstone, a carry case, a tripod adapter, targets, a wall wart, a charger adapter, a LensPen to clean the lens, and a laminated instruction card. Bonus: You get a CD — whether this is more instructional material or some soothing jazz to improve the work environment, we’re not sure — a calibration certificate, a calibration tune-up reminder card, and a “personal guarantee certificate from the technician who built your Cornerstone.” Throw down another $500 and Origin will toss in an Leica ROD-EYE mini laser detector, a pair of filter glasses, and a spare battery — the “contractor kit.”
Like any luxury purchase, you get options as well, including a choice of grips (teak, rosewood, walnut, figured maple, purple heart mahogany, figured bubinga, or most any other hardwood you can dream up), case (Pelican or dovetailed maple), 635nm red laser or 532nm green (add an additional $1k for the green option, though), and personal engraving.
Honestly, I’m not quite sure how to feel about this. Yeah, it’s pretty entertaining reading an option list that sounds more at home for a Rolls Royce than a tool. On the other hand, it’s kinda heartwarming knowing that there’s a small company out there making a living producing luxury tools. You’re not gonna buy one of these to simplify a low-buck home tile project. But is it really any more far out to spend extra $$ on this than on a luxury car? Or yacht?
(Seriously, you’ll have to answer that. I don’t have extra $$ for either. Dammit.)
The Cornerstone Classic [Origin Laser Tools]