Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure
“Pros are looking for tape measures that are easy to use and have a long service life. The Black Widow is easier to use because its unique two-sided green-on-black blade improves readability in different lighting conditions. Plus, it has an ergonomically designed, extremely compact case, so it fits better in your hand. The case is held together with five screws rather than the traditional four, making it more durable.”
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Along with the vertical green markings, the Black Widow features a matte black, double-sided blade. The nylon matte coating on the blade reduces glare and extends the blade life. It also features a 360-degree end hook which clasps onto surfaces. Four heavy-duty rivets attach the end hook to the blade for greater durability. The blade width allows for a 10-foot standout, and a compact black case houses 25 feet of measuring tape.
Additionally, the Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure features an ergonomic, thermoplastic over-molding for increased impact resistance and comfort. The Black Widow also has an integrated tether point to keep the user from dropping it when working at height.
Available at hardware stores and online retailers, the Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure retails for around $26.
Lufkin tape measures might not be as durable compared to Milwaukee or DeWalt, but they’re generally inexpensive and they get the job done. However, this tape moves closer to the premium category and it looks like Lufkin makes some durability moves that bear consideration. This is an interesting take on the blade – black with green markings. Green is easier for the human eye to pick up (why we prefer green lasers over red) and the black provides some excellent contrast. Other brands still use the classic black marks on yellow tape and some have experimented with black on white. I haven’t seen anyone else try this yet.
Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure Features
- 1-3/16” Dual Sided Black Blade
- Consecutive Inches to 16ths on Both Sides, Vertical Read Out on Back, Horizontal on Front
- 10 Foot Standout for Longer Reach and Efficient Measuring
- Reversed Color Blade for Improved Legibility in Lowlight Conditions, Hi-Viz Green Marking for Excellent Contrast
- Matte Nylon Blade Coating in Conjunction with Black Blade Offer Reduced Glare in Outdoor Applications
- Dual End-Hook Grips on All Sides Makes Marking and Measuring Easier
- Rugged Rubber Over Mold Housing For Increased Impact-Resistance
Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure Specs
- Material ID: L1025B
- UPC: 037103310200
- Case Color: Black
- Blade Width: 1-3/16″
- Blade Length: 25′
- Price: ~$26