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First and foremost, this product from M-Power looks like a pretty serious try square. We definitely appreciate its laser-etched light-on-dark measurement markers, which’ll be easy to read in full sunlight or shade, as well as its seemingly sturdy powdercoated aluminum construction. And its extended saddle appears to indeed make it easier for you to mark points over curved molding, like you see in the inset above. But we’re not so sure about the “marking gauge.” Is it really that hard to hold a golf pencil?

On the other hand, you can lock the pencil holder in place, so this square would make it easy to transfer a fixed measurement to a bunch of different workpieces. So if you’re doing that kind of thing, it might be worth a look. The lockable bevel is pretty slick, too, and it’d be handy to have tucked away all the time.

The bad news: This thing sells for a whopping $50. Considering that you can pick up a really nice try square for around $10 — or one made of rare-ass rosewood with fancy rivets for around $30, $50 is a pretty damn serious ask when it comes to a square.

Combination 3D Try Square & Marking Gauge [M-Power]
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2 Responses to A Try Square/Golf Pencil Holder

  1. Simon says:

    I think the pencil holder is designed to secure the position of the tip while you drag it along an edge.

    If you want quickly repeatable accurate action on multiple pieces, this is worth paying for.

    If you are just building a fence, perhaps not.

  2. Brau says:

    Agree with Simon. The pencil holder is a feature I’d like to have. Having a bevel gauge built in is a great idea too. $50 …. not so great.

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