Craftsman - Sliding Bevel 39582
This is the least expensive of the tools surveyed.
Although sliding bevels are not complicated tools, I learned that there are differences among them. Some differences are obvious and others are more subtle, but all have an effect on the quality of the tool. A sliding bevel consists of a body and a slotted blade that pivots on a machine screw or steel pin on one end of the body. A thin opening along much of the body accepts the blade. Manufacturers employ a variety of methods to lock the blade in place. A good sliding bevel will have a body and blade that are flat and straight and a locking mechanism that’s strong yet unobtrusive. The Craftsman is the least expensive in its category. It featured a disc-shaped knurled knob that is recessed into one side of the body. However, because the knob is relatively thin, it was difficult to grip and tighten securely.