I collect folding rulers, because I am an interesting person who does interesting things, like collecting folding rulers.

Extended is a John Rabone and Sons folding boxwood ruler produced in Birmingham, England. I love this style, because they fold very thin and have heavy brass joints. Sadly, a lot of them tend to get broken because people don’t pay attention when they fold them.

Oil joints: always good advice

I think this may be a Stanley, but the information is worn off. It’s cool because it has a slide ruler/depth gauge.


This is a “Fix ‘n’ Save. The wood is pretty garbage, but it has a slide ruler too.


This is a German Stabila, it’s metric only—as all proper measuring tools should be. Stabila is still around and they make a damn fine ruler.