I’ve finally placed the order for the new enhanced, custom-designed, custom-made microscopes for Tooke Gages! (These pictures show the final prototype.)
It’s been a long, long time since I began the process (back in April 2012!). However, the custom scopes had to be both perfect and affordable!
It’s going to be another 60-90 days or so before the scopes are actually manufactured, shipped, and in my hands, but from that point, there will be two types of scope (as there once were): scopes with a reticle marked in English units (with 1/10th-mil between hashmarks) and scopes with a reticle marked in metric units (0.02mm/20 µm per hashmark). (This compares to the 0.2-mils/50 microns between hashmarks in the Universal scope.)
To allow easier ordering, I will be using the following ‘part numbers’ to differentiate the type of gauge being ordered.
- OG202 (Aluminum-bodied gauge with English reticle)
- OG202M (Aluminum-bodied gauge with metric reticle)
- OG204 (Plastic-bodied gauge with English reticle)
- OG204M (Plastic-bodied gauge with metric reticle
I am also “designing” a swap program, so those of you with the current Universal scope (marked in mm) can swap-out the Universal scope for one marked in English units, if you wish. Also, the enhanced metric scope has a finer reticle than the Universal scope, and that may be a consideration for folks using the Universal scope in its “native” (metric) units.
If you have a very-old-style Tooke Gage, I also offer a rehab/upgrade program. I have done this for some owners of old Tooke Gages, replacing and upgrading various parts, and even the whole body, to create a ‘new’ Tooke Gage by re-using their original scope.