There are a number of small, pin-on type compasses available that may, at first glance, appear similar to the Tru-Nord, but as with much of the best classic gear, the devil is in the details. This is by far the best I’ve found, for a number of reasons.
- Each Tru Nord is precision CNC machined from a solid piece of 1-1/16″ brass bar stock.
- The jeweled movement floats on a polished, tapered pinnacle, covered by a Lexan® lens (no internal fluid to develop bubbles over time, or leak, as virtually all cheap compasses do).
- The brass cover ring is threaded to the brass case for a watch-type seal, making the compass truly water and shock resistant.
- When you order a Tru-Nord from the company, they will automatically compensate the compass to your zip code (unless you request otherwise), in order to provide a corrected “Grid North” for map navigation. And they will re-compensate it for you, if you send it back to them, if you are going somewhere distant with a different correction.
- The pin-on model offers a far more secure and durable attachment than the flimsy pins I’ve seen on just about every other pin-on type compass.
- A lifetime replacement warranty – “regardless of circumstance.” From the founder, Vern Budlong, “I want this to be your compass for life.” That’s the sort of simple, straightforward commitment that earns our respect.
Tru-Nord compasses are available in pin-on, watchband, keyring and simple “pocket” versions. Tru-Nord compasses have been manufactured in Brainerd, Minnesota since the company was founded over 60 years ago. I can say without hesitation that Tru-Nord is another product that perfectly exemplifies why I started this blog – simple, rugged, reasonably priced, made to consistently high standards by people who care and, even better – made in the USA.