Pencil - Best tool to be used on a variety of materials., Chinograph Pencil - Lines can be easily removed but lack crispness. Used on plastics, Marking Knife - These make small cuts into the material and can give a clean edge when sawing or chiselling across the grain. Mistakes can be difficult to remove. This can be used on wood and card., Scriber - Used when a very thin, accurate line is required. To help see the line the material is normally coated with engineers blue. Is used on metals, Spirit Pen - Markers come in different thicknesses. Aluminium sheet is often marked out with this but it can also be used on plastics. , Steel Rule - These are available in different lengths but are normally 300mm. They can be used on all materials. , Try Square - Used to mark right angles to an edge. It can also be used to test if surfaces are flat and true. , Adjustable Bevel - Can be adjusted to mark lines at different angles. Can be used on all materials., Mitre Square - Used to measure 45 degree angles., Marking Gauge - Used to mark parallel lines on wood. it is adjustable and is used along the grain. Mortise or cutting versions are available. , Odd Leg Calipers - They are used to mark parallel lines with the stepped foot held against the edge of the material., Spring Dividers - Used to produce very accurate circles and arcs as they have a screw for adjustment., Compass - Different versions allow pencils, pens or spirit markers to be held., Centre Punch - Ideal for making a 'dot' for locating a drill point on metals. For plastics a piece of masking tape placed over the surface should be used. ,

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