PEC Sliding T-Bevel
I "discovered" PEC tools of California and was so impressed I bought some of their stuff to put it to the test of daily use. I am still impressed and I now recommend PEC's premium line of layout tools. I really like their sliding T-Bevel. A sliding T-bevel is used for both laying out and transferring both inside and outside angles. This PEC model also fits nicely in my hand.
Nice finish, exactly what I wanted in a smaller T-Bevel. Not perfect, because of the way the slots are machined. It is not suitable to set an angle on a machine - table saw blade for instance. The blade cannot be flush with the corner of the base for every angle. Other than that, it is great for marking angles on smaller work pieces, dovetails etc.
Once cleaned up, the tool works great, is reasonably pleasant to use and locking mechanism stays tight. Although, the adjustor knob does get sticky at both ends of travel due to machining defects in the slot, but more of a nuisance. Every edge out of the packaging was razor sharp with burrs. Had to dissasemble, stone all the inside and outside edges and clean the grit before it was comfortable to use.
I was a lucky PHP student last October. Since then, I've been charting my own journey through woodworking and the PEC Sliding T-Bevel has made itself part of my essential tool collection. Purchased in May, 2020. It has proven its worth beyond the project I needed it for. It is of high quality and I havent had any issues locking it in place. Once set, this sliding t-bevel has never slipped. This tool is easy to use, it doesn't rub or get hung up on itself when adjusting it's position. Definitely a tool to keep.
I'm not 100% pleased with this product as the locking mechanism is not perfect. It will do as a serviceable secondary sliding bevel in my collection when I need to keep track of several angles but unfortunately it won't be the first sliding bevel I reach for. The quality/material is still solid as PEC tools tend to be. Regardless, I don't mind supporting Rob Cosman as I've learned a lot from his youtube videos and he is doing a lot of good in this world.