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Mini Tape Measure Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by thompssc, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. thompssc

    thompssc Empty Pockets

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    Recently I've noticed how often I tend to want to measure small objects, for one reason or another. It's not really in my line of work (finance), but I keep noticing that I tend to want to measure something in mm or inches and not having anything on me to do it. Or maybe I'm looking at the spec sheet of a new flashlight and trying to grasp dimensions visually :). I'd like to pick up a very small tape measure to put in my backpack for those random moments. This wouldn't be pocket carry, but I would still like for it to be very small. I'm actually thinking something more along the lines of a tailorer's tape measure instead of a carpenter's. The thin, soft tape would be preferable to the metal tape.

    Anyone have any suggestions on this front?
     
  2. Cobra 6 Actual

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    I have a couple of different Stanley ones: one is called a FatMax and is about $4, the other doesn't have a name on it that I can find. Usually these are located at the checkouts of big hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. Good luck!

    EDIT: The second one is a 3' length.
     
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  3. ManVsLawn

    ManVsLawn EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    If you need something just to measure itty bitty things, look into the PocketWrench II (or its rip off equivalent). It's tiny, has CM/MM and Inches, as well as a few other features. Plus its a pry bar.:D

    But I agree with Cobra 6 Actual, for something bigger I have a few no-name tapes that are a few dollars at any hardware store in random places.

    Many of these you can just bust open and take the tape out.
     
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  4. DFT17

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    Head to your nearest sewing center, they will have a few of what you're after...or do a search for retractable sewing tape.
     
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  5. KeyeEl

    KeyeEl EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I have one by Clover that is great. Retractable, fiberglass tape and Made in Japan.
     
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  6. odg

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    You probably want something retractable. The problem with the typical tailor's tape is that it's too much effort to roll up*, and that may prevent you from using it for very casual measurements. With a retractable tape measure, you won't have to think twice - if you are curious about the measurement, you can whip it out, measure and put it away very quickly.

    This is not a problem for tailors, because they just leave the tape unraveled.
     
  7. geekandwife

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    I carry a small tailors tape, rolled up in my altoids kit. Its 2 feet and weighs nothing and is very small. Got it at a craft store for under a buck.
     
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I use a phone app called Carpenter...screenshot:

    [​IMG]

    Also has a spirit level, protractor, a bubble level (one of the round ones you lie on its back), and a plumb-bob.

    Also, my iPhone 6 in the Otterbox Commuter case measures almost exactly 5 inches, which is very easy to convert mathamatically. 6 phones long is 6x5=30inches.
    The US Dollar is just over 6inches, so the math is a little easier to mess up. 6.18 IIRC.
     
  9. Moco

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    why not a vernier caliper? some drawing kits have them or some office supply stores have them in the drafting stuff. i remember they had some at lowes in the "tool world" kinda in the weird corner where they keep all the wonderful and silly lubes and 2 overpriced pocket knives.
     
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  10. oedipus1978

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    Same problem :)
    Mine looks so[​IMG][​IMG]
    An old one from my Dad.
    Very portable and dependable for me.
     
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    I use a tailors tape. I cut one to 18 inches and it stays in my wallet.


    Sent by owl post.
     
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  12. Soup dragon

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    I carry an IKEA paper tape measure in my wallet. Marked in cm and In and 1 meter long folds flat for very easy carry. plus it is free assuming you pick one up on a store visit where you manage to avoid getting suckered to make a purchase![​IMG]


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
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  13. Bowman1911

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    Recently picked up a couple plastic similar to oedipus1978 at the container store for about $3 each.
     
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  14. veriest1

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    Some Rite in the Rain note pads have measurements marked on them. It's rather handy if you need a notepad anyway.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. thompssc

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    This is what I ended up going with. Was at Walmart and realized I needed some sewing needles and saw this sucker right next to them. Kinda wish it was silver or black, but this will do for now.
    [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the recommendations though! This forum is definitely one of the most friendly and helpful of all the forums I frequent :).
     
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    I have both the inch worm and centipede from Tec Accessories. Small titanium rods with graduated marks, they ride on my keychain so I've already got them handy. For anything bigger I carry a small Stanley 3'tape measure. Also keychain sized.
     
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    I have a 2metre fatmax one that was about 3 euro
     
  18. parnass

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    Here are some of my rules and tape measures.

    I EDC the Stanley 3 foot PowerLock in a pants pocket (shown near the upper right hand corner). I wish there was a better selection in the USA of dual metric/inch tape measures.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. zlindee

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    +1 for the Stanley fat max tape measure.

    I don't find I need one with me all the time but I keep one with my edc gear for whenever I'm headed to the hardware store.

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
     
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    Ditto!
     
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