The little vintage test indicator I ordered off of Ebay four days ago was sitting on top of the junk pile next to my recliner when I got home tonight.
It was actually in better condition than what was advertised but I did have to give it a couple of shots of the old Panther Piss to get the little knurled nut loose at the bottom and to loosen up the mechanism a bit.
I found this cool GIF of a very similar one made by the same company. Mine goes from 0 to 10 instead of 0 to 4 like this one but is otherwise identical.
Pretty freakin’ amazing they could come up with a mechanical indicator so accurate 100 years ago and yet as delicate as it is, it still works to this day.
When I get a chance I am going to test it against a newer dial indicator and see if it is still semi-accurate.
I absolutely love old tools like this.
Sure, a new digital indicator is more accurate and all sexy and shit but they just don’t have the magic for me like this thing does.
There is just something about vintage mechanical objects that touches my soul.
Even when I was very young I loved old things.
They have substance and you can usually sense the human touch in their design and appearance.
Plus they weren’t made out of cheap fucking plastic and there isn’t any God Damn computer chip in them nor any motherfucking batteries to go dead.
That’s why they are still around and are still functional.