I've wanted to switch to Metric for years. It's clearly superior to Imperial: You try quickly calculating the midpoint of 15 13/16" versus the midpoint of 402mm. Or drill a hole with a 7/32" bit and discover it's a smidgen too small: Do you need the 13/64" or the 15/64"?
I've also been suffering with a crappy Titan digital caliper for years. It snags on the foam lining when you pull it out of the case; it spontaneously re-zeroes itself mid-reading; changing the battery is a chore and always needs to be done at an inconvenient time. So I always said one day I'd treat myself to one of the nicer $100 dial calipers.
Due to both of these things, I've just found the perfect Kickstarter. FLINT Studio Tools is a startup consisting of entrepreneurs Jonny Jensen and Thomas Bender, along with Spencer Nugent of ID Sketching fame, and for their first Kickstarter project they've designed a promising-looking metric dial caliper—with an early-bird buy-in of just $60. Here's the pitch:
I'm really digging the design of the dial, which looks easier to read than the expensive dial calipers I had access to at my last design consultancy gig. Here's a closer look:
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I could do without the distractingly chunky capital "F"—I dislike being distracted by branding when I'm trying to focus on using a tool—but I guess these guys are trying to leave their mark, and I'm willing to roll the dice on them. This is the first Kickstarter I've actually backed rather than just writing about it.
If they hit their target, I'll be the owner of a FLINT caliper around August of this year.
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I'm really looking forward to switching to Metric, as I've always admired the precision possessed by those who use it. Did I ever tell you about the time I lost a bar fight in Germany? This guy beat me to within 25.4 millimeters of my life.