They don't maker things like they used to... its true. The steel ruler I got with my kit for college is lethal. It is thin, flexible and has sharp edges, resulting in several nasty cuts to my fingers when I was trying to fish it out of my bag. So I decided to use my dad's steel ruler which I had lying around the place. It is thicker, heavier and it doesn't give you nasty cuts when you are trying to grab it out of the bag. I had been using it for quite a few weeks when I had a good look at it. My dad must have prized his steel ruler because he engraved his name on it. On one side he put his initials in his own loopy font... priceless. Now I'm very fond of the old ruler too.