Hand Compass—Looking for a new one
I have been a Silva Ranger guy pretty much since I started surveying in 1979. The declination adjustment on my old one stripped out a while back and I got a replacement, they have a lifetime warranty. Unfortunately the new ones are junk, made in China, my new one sticks at colder temperatures, not freezing just cold. A lifetime warranty is useless if the product is worthless due to poor workmanship.
Just did a bit of searching, the contenders for base plate mirror compasses seem to be:
The Suunto MC-2D
The Brunton Model 15 TDCL (manufactured by Silva Sweden AB, the original manufacturer of the Silva Ranger)
The Silva Ranger (now owned by Johnson Outdoors)
Apparently Suunto makes some compasses for Johnson and there are online reports that the Suunto MC-2D sticks just like my new Silva Ranger.
Even though the Brunton Model 15 TDCL may be the closest ancestor to the original Ranger, there are reports that it is now made in China too.
It sounds like maybe all of these companies are now intertwined and ultimately having the same junk built in China, sad state of affairs!
I know there are other types of compasses, BUT I like a base plate / mirror compass for several reasons and would like to stick with that style if possible.
I have thought of getting a Suunto KB-14 as I have had real good luck with one of their Suunto PM-5 clinometers, HOWEVER their declination setting is a weak link, you only have 13 degrees E or W, not enough range in some parts of the USA and it is kind of a poor implementation in my opinion anyway.
So, any field reports on the various models I listed or is there some alternative that is better?
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