Pros: Inexpensive, easy to read raised numbers, binder friendly.
Cons: Not appropriate for office antics.
Rulers are about as fun to write about as eraser caps, glue sticks and paper clips but there are something that I find myself buying at least two or three times a year. Most of the time I stick with metal ones for the shop but there are times when we need smaller ones and Westcott's Kleen Earth line is not only inexpensive but durable and they have raised numbers. Why is that a perk? Well, the ink doesnt wear off them as quickly and if it does you can touch up worn sections with a paint pen. I'd love to sit here and say that the only reason I buy them is because they are made from 70% post consumer waste but that's not it. Sure it's nice to know that I am doing something great for the environment but there are other reasons why I buy this. The boys use these from time to time for projects but most of the time they opt for a triangle or one of my drafting rulers but for general use, these are a nice thing to have around.
Westcott Kleen Earth Recycled 12 Inch Plastic Ruler
For students these are one of the best picks when it comes to rulers; there are holes in the middle of the ruler that allow it to get snapped into binder rings and even the strange off the wall binder will hold this in place. How can I say that with certainty? Because the two holes on the ends of the ruler are elongated so even oddly placed binder rings will be able to slip into the sections. This is a twelve inch ruler that has inches on one side and metric values on the other. There is no metal guide on the side of it so if you need extremely fine lines, this might not be the best pick. It's really important to have the pen or pencil in a completely vertical position otherwise you will get bump lines on the paper. This happens when the pen or pencil is held on an angle and it hits the measurement points on the face of the ruler. This isn't something that is isolate to the Kleen Earth, it happens with almost all plastic rulers that have raised numbers. Another possible downside to this is that if you are using markers with this, the ink can get sucked under the edge. To resolve this, take three pennies [or any coin] and tape them under the sections of the ruler. This will raise it up a little and prevent the ink from getting on the edge and eliminate the possibility of smearing [at least in that aspect].
This isn't something that is going to stand up to a lot of snapping, that's when you bend the ruler back and try to 'snap' someone with it. That's something that happens a lot at the shop and these just can't handle that kind of use. Likewise, faux sword fighting with them usually results in them cracking or at the very least getting small hairline fractures that will spiderweb until it breaks into pieces. Sure, this might sound like a humorous axiom to add to a review but it is something that parents need to know when buying rulers. If your kid likes to goof around then this isn't something that you will want to buy for them because it can break and cause a potentially dangerous situation. If you are looking for a ruler that will put up with a lot of regular use then this is a good one to check out but if you have office pranksters or kids that like to goof around, go with something else.
You can find these at places like Wal-Mart and Target for about a dollar but you have to check name of it to make sure you are getting the Kleen Earth ruler and not a regular Westcott product. The Kleen Earth name is on the front and back of the ruler but if you have the super mega stores in your area, there are usually about ten to fifteen different twelve inch rulers to choose from. These come in a variety of colors but most of the time I go with the black or blue ones since they show the least amount of surface dirt and wear. As I mentioned, if the ink on the numbers does start to wear off you can wipe on some white ink or paint, allow it to dry and hit it with a sealer. Of course in some cases it's just going to be easier to go to the store and buy a new one rather than messing around with ink, paint and a sealer product but to each his or her own.
The Bottom Line
This is an average ruler, it isn't something that is going to be a good choice for artwork or drafting but if you need something basic for measuring items or general math homework then it's something that is worth checking out. If the twelve inch one is too big they also make a mini version in six inches but it seems that the color choices are limited. It's a light weight ruler that can be carried around in a binder and is more than adequate for basic measuring needs. If you ever wondered why there is a divot in the middle of plastic rulers, here's a bit of useless fodder for you. It was made to hold pens and pencils so they don't roll off slanted desks. I am really showing my age by divulging that since most desks today are flat.
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
© 2006 Freak369
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