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These seemed to be very popular in schools a few years ago. Many of the kids seemed to pack them in their pencil cases - this was a huge advantage of this 30cm ruler, you could actually fit it into a pencil case. I am a Physics student at the moment and therefore need a large ruler to draw scientific graphs frequently. The problem is that standard rulers cannot easily fit in my bag, if I do get them int here, they are likely to snap - this means that I have to settle for smaller 15cm rulers usually which means that my graphs are not ideal as I have to lift the ruler up for long lines. I have tried the flexible ruler from Helix on a few occasions to solve this issue, I found that no matter that though, I could never get the ruler to be straight once it had spent a few hours in my bag meaning my lines were worse than ever. I would spend so much effort trying to force the ruler flat against the desk in order for the line to be straight that it ended up being more effective to just settle with the smaller rulers.
The rulers are very durable however, I am yet to come across one that has broken -- even after being almost perfectly folded over itself multiple times - they just won't break. For this reason, I think that these rulers are best for younger children who do not necessaries need to be producing high quality graphs and scientific drawings and just need a ruler for general work. By getting this ruler, despite the ruler being more expensive than standard ones, they should last far longer and hopefully end up cheaper in the long run - that is of course assuming they aren't lost.
I've lost count of the number of rulers the kids have got through over the years. Hard plastic rulers are very easy to snap in half in a school bag and leave sharp edges. One way to try to solve this problem is to buy a flexible ruler. They are a bit more expensive than the plastic ones but you don't need to replace it as often. I picked up a 30cm one in Tesco for about a pound, there is 15cm available but the kids use these for Art as well as maths so need the longer one.
The rulers are made from flexible PVC and are available in several bright colours, I usually buy blue. Although strongly coloured the ruler is transparent, the paper you're drawing lines on or measuring things on can be easily seen through it. The measurements are marked in small clear black lines along both sides, measuring in centimetres and millimetres this is a metric ruler but the schools don't use inches anymore so not a problem. 'Helix' and 'Flexible' is also written on it in black. It's a few millimetres thick tapering along the length edges to give sharper underlining on the paper. There's a nice hole to (I presume) hang it up.
The ruler is very malleable almost like rubber, it's very tactile. These rulers can bend to fit into a pencil case which is impossible with a rigid ruler, unless you have a long pencil case- which we don't. The alternative is to use a folding ruler but they tend to come apart after a while. Although this bends and twists and doesn't snap in half they're not infallible, they lose their shape and straight edge when folded in half and twisted too much, putting under heavy books can help to bring them back but they're never the same.
The measuring lines have stayed clear enough to see but do fade with bending. It seems accurate enough, it doesn't appear to have stretched.
These rulers aren't as good for line drawing as rigid rulers but do the job. I would recommend these rulers for everyday ruling but not for anything serious because of the edge not always giving a perfect line.
I have had one of these Helix flexible rulers in my stationery draw for quite a few years now. I think I paid about £2 for it from my local Morrison's supermarket.
These Helix flexible rulers, are extremely flexible (hence the name).
They can be bent and twisted in all sorts of shapes, before returning to their original form of a straight ruler, although after lots of manipulation they can start to distort slightly.
They come in a range of different colours, and with me being a very masculine kind of male, I own the pink / purple one! They are also available coloured in clear, red, or yellow.
Regardless of the colour of the ruler, these rulers are all translucent, which makes it very easy to see through the ruler and onto the piece of paper that you are using, which does come in handy if you need to see what other workings are on the page, and this is something that cannot be done with a metal ruler, or with the old traditional wooden rulers.
Helix is a stationery product manufacturing company which was established in 1887, and I pretty much grew up with the brand throughout my days as a lad at school, starting with the wooden rulers, and progressing through to the metal and plastic rulers, along with Helix compass sets and protractors etc. I always remember that everyone at school was amazed when Helix introduced the 'shatter resistant' rulers, and would spend many an hour trying to actually get one to shatter!
These rulers are pretty flat, with the 'Helix' logo in the centre of the ruler. The edges of the ruler are a little sharper, and have the measurements marked across each side. One side has measurements in centimeters, ranging from 0 cm up to 30cm, and the other side has measurements in millimeters ranging from 0 mm up to 300 mm. There are however no measurements in inches, which is hardly surprising really, as schools stopped using inches many years ago, although I must admit I still use inches myself from time to time, on which occasions I do find this ruler is of little benefit to me.
There is also the standard circular hole in this ruler, which always seems to be present on any ruler I use, maybe it is just Helix rulers, but either way, I have absolutely no idea what it's purpose is, unless it is simply there for using if you want to hang the ruler up on a small nail or something? (Please let me know if you know what it is for).
~~~ My Overall opinion of the Helix Flexible Ruler ~~~
I think these rulers are great fun, and easy to use. The flexibility contained within the ruler is excellent, and unless the ruler is manipulated beyond its means, then it will always retract back to its standard straight-line form. The measurement makings along the edge of each side of the ruler are very clear, and easy to read, although I personally would have preferred the measurements to include inches as well as centimeters and millimeters. The nice bright colours that these rulers are available in makes them more attractive, especially to children I would imagine, and for around £2 I cannot complain for the amount of use that I have had out of the ruler over the last few years.
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I had one of these back in the day of 'school' and it was great fun. In terms of fun, they get a high score from me but in terms of accuracy, they are lacking and not worth buying! Yes they help to draw straight lines, but not when the ruler bends the wrong way or starts to degrade on the sides.
You can pick one of these up for under a pound at around 80-90p in most stationers including WHSmith and other arts and crafts shops. It's not a bad price and you can get them in quite a few colours including purple, red and yellow as shown in the picture above.
They have a little hole at one end like most 30 rulers and I'm not sure what this is for. The rulers are quite smooth all round apart from the edges, which are straightened off. The rulers only have centimetre measurements up both sides, but this means you can use them on both sides if you need the centimetre measurement. They lack inches however.
The problem I had with mine was that the side of the ruler where the measurements are actually started to bend inwards on one side. This meant that any 'straight' lines I drew actually became a bit bent. It made the ruler pointless for long straight lines and at times I was only utilising one part just because it was straight!
I'd recommend this ruler to young children as they are fun to play with and more exciting in the bright colours they come in. However, they aren't ideal for older children and exams as well as accurate drawing. They bend quite a bit though and you can roll them up - there is always a tendency to eat these too, I don't know why. They are quite calm on the jaw and have a soft feel if you bite them. They certainly are not edible though!
The last thing I'd like to say is that the rulers are translucent, meaning you can see through them quite well still. This is beneficial especially with a ruler as you can see the paper beneath where you are drawing so can more accurately estimate where to draw to. After a lot of use, the long sides of the ruler may start to wear away a bit, which makes them further useless, but they are good fun at first! They make quite a good slapping noise when banged on a desk too ;)
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I have a stationary drawer at home where I find it handy to find a whole range of stationary items, both for my use and for my kids. Every now and again, when I am out shopping and I see something inexpensive that I can add to the stationary drawer, I tend to buy it.
I bought the 30 cm Helix Flexible Ruler from Wilkinsons for 29p. There were a variety of colours to choose from, namely purple, red, yellow and blue. I opted for the purple one, simply for the fact that purple is my favourite colour.
The ruler is translucent and so its easy to see the demarcations along the edge of the ruler and whatever it is you're underlining. I think this makes the ruler particularly useful for arts and craft projects because you can see underneath. The demarcations on the ruler are centimeters and millimeters on one edge, and inches on the other edge.
The feature of this ruler is the fact that it is completely flexible which means that it can be bent and so can fit into a smaller space (like a pencil case) that other 30 cm rulers may not be able to fit into. This flexibility means that it is very difficult to actually break, and so its ideal for kiddies who may be going through a destructive mode (don't they all go through that!!). The only negative thing is that because its so bendy, my kids have taken it upon themselves to test just how bendy it is, and as a result there have been stress marks where the bend always occurs. However, the ruler does always return to lay flat regardless of the abuse that it has inflicted upon it!
The edge of the ruler is tapered and so it gives a sharp finish to any line - and that even after using it for a few months, the edge has stayed sharp.
I believe the Helix Flexible Ruler is more than adequate for general use.
When it comes to beginning a new term I love the process of stocking up on stationary. Some items you must purchase regularly, such as wads of lined paper and pens, and others require only a one-off purchase, such as a pencil case or ruler. Most often I use a fifteen centimetre ruler, as they fit neatly into my pencil case, but what they offer in terms of portability this size lacks in terms of practicality.
Thirty centimetre rulers are invaluable when it comes to tasks such as plotting graphs or measuring paper. With their smaller counterparts I find I get to the fifteen centimetre mark, dot the end spot and continue on from this point. This is not an ideal process, and often leads to inaccurate measurements being taken. Unfortunately many rigid rulers are prone to snapping if too much pressure is applied, and this can very often happen during transit. The flexible ruler is much more durable, as it is able to resist much more pressure. It is floppy to the point where it feels almost rubbery, and this is great for children as the often tedious process of measuring and other school-related tasks becomes less tiresome. Additionally, the range of colours the ruler is available in makes the product appear vibrant and entertaining to some degree.
The Helix flexible rulers retail for just under £1. Along one side they depict centimetre measurements up to 30, while on the opposite side they depict millimetre measurements. These rulers do not have sharp edges as many rigid ones do, so in terms of safety they are much improved on rulers of old. The durability and colourful nature of the rulers make them ideal for children, but they are equally as useful to adults who may live or work in an environment where items may be prone to break. I have only ever needed to purchase one of these rulers, but given the range of colours available - including purple, blue and yellow - I may well get one more as a spare.
I have a box in the house which is full of craft materials. There is nothing we love more on rainy days than pulling out the craft box and spending quality time making some crafty item or another. The box contains all sorts of glittery stick on items and such like. But the main ingredients to this box are our scissors glue and rulers.
I obviously need a ruler which is going to be safe for the children to use. I don't want a ruler that has any sharp edges. However I don't want to spend a lot as it can prove quite expensive. Therefore these Helix flexible rulers fit the bill perfectly.
The rulers are stocked in Asda and cost under a £1 which I think, when taking into consideration the quality of these rulers, is excellent value. My children love to use these rulers as they have bright colours which make them look somewhat snazzy. They are also very light and easy to move around. They have cm measurements on the one side and mm measurements on the other. They are fairly long rulers measuring 30cm in length. Which is fantastic when we are making a larger object.
I have found that my daughter has become very accurate when using this ruler. She is able to measure and draw a perfect line when operating this ruler, which I am very pleased with. The measurements on this ruler are quite clear in appearance which does indeed make the use of this ruler much more precise.
This ruler is very durable. My children are quite heavy handed but the rulers still remain intact. These rulers are strong and have a great deal of flexibility. I find this gives me a great deal of trust in this ruler in order to work well to suit our family's needs.
I think in general, this ruler is fantastic value for money. The length, durability and flexibilty proves this ruler is of an excellent quality. I think that for the purposes that we are using this ruler, it suits our needs to perfection. I also feel though, that this would be an excellent ruler for a child to take within their pencil cases for school. However the length may prove to be problematic as it is rather long to fit in a pencil case.
A year ago, after deciding to further my education, I decided to stock up on stationery and equipment. As I had recently left my job, I was looking for quality at a bargain (as always!) - and was happy to try non-branded items.
So, I found myself in the art/crafts/stationery aisle of my local Asda Walmart. They stocked two rulers which matched my requirements (30cm).
One was clear and sturdy which came in a white plastic casing, priced at £1.50. The other came in a choice of bright colours and felt flimsy, but at 69p I thought it was worth trying out.
Up until yesterday I thought this was Asda's own brand because as can be seen from the picture above - all it says is 'flexible' in the middle - and well, the price was excellent (compared to the other one anyway!).
The main feature of this ruler (*surprise surprise*) is it's flexibility! Sometimes during exams this doubles up as a stress-buster! I can fold it completely in half, and then again and almost again... squeeze it...twist it - but regardless of what I subject it to, it always detangles itself to lie flat!
I did worry the flimsiness may affect the lines and make them bow after a while but this has not been a problem.
I wanted to review this because it is very durable and a bargain! Imagine my surprise when while searching for this online (so Dooyoo could add it to the site) I found out that this is actually part of Helix's range!
This ruler measures 0-12 inches on one side and 0-30cm on the other side.
It has been made in China, and would be suitable for all ages in my opinion - especially as there are colours to suit all personal preferences.