Product Type: Helix Art / Craft
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Helix Flexible Ruler
Member Name: Elaineee
Helix Flexible Ruler
Advantages: Don't snap
Disadvantages: Lose their shape and sharp drawing edge and need to be manipulated back into shape
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.
Summary: These rulers last longer than rigid plastic rulers and fit better in bags and pencil cases
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