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    I'm in the US and looking or metric only measuring tools. Is there a specific place to buy them? I looked on Amazon but they have dual measuring tapes in imperial and metric. No metric only tools. I'd like to have these in metric only a 26-30M self-locking tape measure, around a 120cm T square, a 30cm framing square, a folding ruler, and a combination square.
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    So you want a 30 meter, 100 ft locking tape measure?
    Amazon has an 8 meter version about 25 feet

    https://www.amazon.com/Komelon-PG85-...5167323&sr=8-4

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    Find a Canadian tool supplier. We're metric. I'm know that Summit Tools in Burnaby, B.C. ships to the USA.
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    Lee Valley ships pretty quickly, I’ve received orders in two or three days.

    https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/search?query=Metric

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    Ive also ordered tools from amazon UK. I think I even got free shipping. Worth a look.

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    Starrett do a decent range of combination squares - you can fit imperial or metric blades as needed from 150mm (6") to two foot(600mm)

    https://www.workshopheaven.com/starr...set-300mm.html
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    There seems to be a bit of a shadow metric embargo.

    http://themetricmaven.com/?p=411

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    Japanese tool suppliers have metric tapes and squares available as well as their tradtional "Shaku" system. Google metric tapes, squares and rulers and you will be surprised at how much there is out there!
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    Had to look it up on the Wiki...

    The shaku had been standardized as 10/33 meter (30.3 centimeters or 11.9 inches) since 1891.[5] This means that there are 3.3 shaku to one meter.[6][7] The use of the unit for official purposes was banned on March 31, 1966, although it is still used in traditional Japanese carpentry and some other fields.

    Banned, eh? I'm strangely intrigued by the idea of an illicit measurement system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Starrett do a decent range of combination squares - you can fit imperial or metric blades as needed from 150mm (6") to two foot(600mm)

    https://www.workshopheaven.com/starr...set-300mm.html


    Starrett also do metric-only and combination measuring tapes.
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    I don't know why but I can't do multi-quote. It won't load on my PC. Thank you all for helping me and posting links. I'll be making some purchases and putting somethings on my Xmas list. Yeah, that 30m tape was supposed to be 8m. I don't know why I put 30m. Brain fart I think. Bluedog that's an interesting read you link to. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stromborg View Post
    Had to look it up on the Wiki...

    The shaku had been standardized as 10/33 meter (30.3 centimeters or 11.9 inches) since 1891.[5] This means that there are 3.3 shaku to one meter.[6][7] The use of the unit for official purposes was banned on March 31, 1966, although it is still used in traditional Japanese carpentry and some other fields.

    Banned, eh? I'm strangely intrigued by the idea of an illicit measurement system.

    I'm told that French carpenters like to work modulo 1.2 m - divisible, as is our foot by 2, 3, 4, and 6.
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