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Every once in a while somebody comes up with a great idea and I think this is one of them. Woodworkers(especially those with arthritis) will like not having to adjust the thumb nut on a combination square. The Bora magnetic combination square is a real time saver. Just position the steel blade where you want it and it stays put. It includes a bubble level and an adjusting pin for it like most decent quality combination squares.

It is not for metal working, and it won't fit inside small boxes like the 6" Empire does but for most woodworking jobs it is my new favorite.

Suggested retail price is $25.
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Can other standard square blades be switched in? Or is the thickness non standard?
rare earth magnet?
Also will sliding the blade thru the head lead to magnetizing the rule?

Don't know about your shop but any magnet in mine eventually picks up metal shaving deposited by the gods.
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I might have to give one of these a try. Logic tells me it should be more accurate because there are fewer machining steps and mechanical parts that could affect squareness. But I notice they don't give an accuracy spec like Starrett (three times the price of a Bora).

How's yours for squareness, Mike? Have you ever had the blade slip on a critical measurement?
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Smitty, standard blades fit. Of course the blades magnetize... this is the reason I said not for metal working.

Chuck, I checked mine against one of my Rockler heavy duty triangles and it was a tight fit. It takes a fair amount of force to move the rule. I can't see slippage ever being a problem.

I think this is one of the best values in a layout tool.

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If it takes a fair amount of force to move the rule then how do you make accurate fine measurements?

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I develop a fair amount of force Charles...

It is easy to adjust... it just doesn't slip.
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I have to say, the Empire one in your pic, Mike, is waaay more legible to my old eyes!
Scale markings have become a major consideration for me in the past few years. I don't mean the resolution, I can see the lines just fine with my glasses on, but rather the contrast and glare off the metal
That anodized finish is perfect!
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I'm in the early stages of arthritis in my hands and this tool really interests me, so I went to the company's website to see if there was a dealer here in Calgary. To my great pleasure, there is. I then thought of those of you, who like me like to go to the source, so I pasted the company's website here below. Thanks Mike for bringing this to our attention. Cheers.

BORA 12" MAGNETIC COMBINATION SQUARE

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