Crescent Lufkin Brand
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Crescent Lufkin Measuring Products

Crescent Lufkin Brand

The E. T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1869 to serve the logging industry. Lufkin produced rules of superior quality, using only the best materials, and the company flourished, gaining a substantial following of loyal customers. The company soon moved to Saginaw, Michigan, which at the time was the center of the logging industry as settlement of the young United States moved relentlessly westward.
Innovation is the key to success for every enterprise, and that was certainly the case for Lufkin, when, in 1890, Lufkin introduced the first steel measuring tape produced in the United States. Numerous innovative products were introduced in the following years, the most successful being the folding wooden rule. The folding rule remained the dominant measuring tool for tradespeople of all types until the 1940s when Lufkin, along with several other manufacturers, made the retractable tape measure a reality. 
Today, as Crescent Lufkin®, the brand is a market leader for measuring products from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world.  The extensive Crescent Lufkin line of products includes power tapes, rules, long tapes, oil gauging tapes, measuring wheels, and one of the widest selections of special-purpose tapes and rules available for commercial and industrial use. Crescent Lufkin measuring products are among the more than 2,600 quality hand tool products offered under the Crescent name – products professional tradespeople know they can count on to get the job done right.

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A Brief History of Crescent Lufkin

Edward Taylor Lufkin establishes the E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company in Cleveland, Ohio - 1869.


In 1877 alone, one billion board feet of lumber were cut and floated along the nearby 26-mile Saginaw River and the Lufkin® log rule was being used frequently for measuring the lumber.

E.T. Lufkin proclaimed that Lufkin® products are not the lowest in price, but are "the most durable and therefore the cheapest."


Introduces its first steel measuring tape. From there, Lufkin develops various iterations of the retractable steel measuring tape to provide durable and precise measuring solutions for end users.  One of these first steel measuring tapes is available to the public at The National Museum of American History.


The first person to mange the newly formed Lufkin Rule Company in 1885 was Fred Buck.  And in 1919 he filed for Lufkin Folding Rule patent you see here.  An example of one of these original rules is available to the US public at The National Museum of American History.


Lufkin® is the official supplier of measuring instruments for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec.

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