Weeks before Christmas my cheap pacific arc compass decided it was tired and stopped following its threads (didn't even know what happened but basically, it wouldn't keep its radius any longer). This might be cool if I was just dicking around drawing on the back side of my math homework... but damn, I'm a professional here... gotta shape up. I spent an hour and a going down the Compass hole on the internet. Needless to say. I found the best one.
The compass I found was built for the harsh environments of sailing and an unsteady work desk. having it here in my hand I feel like I could stand on it like a stilt and I don't think I would wreck it. (maybe, I'm not gonna try cus it will probably break) reading through the reviews I collected that this particular compass won't break unless you mean to break it. the whole thing is made of brass so it looks killer and again tough as nails, maybe tougher. it is nice and heavy which helps the needle end stay put while the other side is spinning. It even makes me feel bad ass holding it.
The one drawback I have found is this. there isn't a gnarled grip on the tip to twist. It takes some getting used to right away to not have that part that most compasses have, but I don't even care. It's too cool to be that picky.
This all to say, I will never have to waist another minute scrounging the internet for a compass. It will most likely never break making it pretty much a family heirloom. Provided my son even knows what this thing is when he reaches the right age.
Below I have placed a link in case you want to see reviews or buy it, but I'm telling you, it's killer!