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  • Rare Otis King Model K - white scales on black background
  • Pocket Hexadecimal Slide Adder for Computer Programmers
  • Post 1824 Dring & Fage Alcohol Gauging Rule
  • Darnley’s Rotable Lightning Calculator/Pencil Case
  • Lawrence Antenna (classified by UK & US during WWII) for Radar Beam Pattern Detection
  • Makeba Kombinator pencil & slide rule
  • Rare Carbic-made Fischer Calculator
  • For Calculating Strength of Liquids in Twaddells !!
  • PTT rule for Cable Radio (Signal Loss/dB)
  • Smallest drum (≈ 2.4m) made by LOGA

A man must have a hobby….


This non-commercial website was a 60th birthday present from Ros. The name stems from another family member - our daughter Siân. As a teenager she often told her friends: “My Dad? Oh, he collects expensive sticks of wood!”

When the latest PC/tablet is out-of-date in 6 months it may come as a surprise that the Englishman in the image, the Rev. William Oughtred (1575-1660), invented a calculator around 1621 that would be in continual daily use for nigh on the next 400 years. My hobby is collecting and writing about this analogue calculating wonder - the SLIDE RULE.

This site is a virtual “display cabinet” for my collection (as it gets uploaded) of
slide rules and the odd mechanical calculating aid plus a “bookshelf” for my published articles - enjoy browsing.

The history - how it all began ....


To learn more about the history of this remarkable calculating wonder check out the “Slide Rule History” by the Oughtred Society or my 2-page summary (in Dutch!).

Anyone needing a “memory jogger” or is just intrigued how such analogue calculators of the past worked, the International Slide Rule Museum has a richly illustrated “How to use …” guide. Afterwards try doing a few trial calculations with Derek Ross’ online simulation of a Pickett N909-ES slide rule. Thinking of starting your own collection? Then the Oughtred Society’s Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Slide Rules is the place to start.

Educators looking for maths related inspiration & teaching aids/material need look no further than Nicola Marras’ website. But if just looking for reference books on slide rules try one of these: MyList 1 or MyList 2 .

Latest additions


Slide Rules

Ausschuss fuer Wirtschaftliche Fertigung (AWF), SR 722, Water Line Capacity , L, Closed/solid frame, cardboard/plastic

Tech Papers

M comes after P

Skid Stick No. 57

news - So far 759 rules are loaded from my collection

24 February 2018


It is a mouthful but from 1930-1952 the German commission Ausschuss fuer Wirtschaftliche Fertigung produced an impressive series of specialist but practical slide rules.

10 January 2018

New Long-Scale EBook

In memory of long-scale expert Ed Chamberlain (†18-10-2017) fellow collector Otto van Poelje has reissued his out of print private 2013 publication: “LONG-SCALE SLIDE RULES in LIFE-SIZE IMAGES

11 March 2017


Site remodelled & restyled to make it “technology neutral”. It should display optimally on any type of h/w device (incl. tablets & smartphones) or browser. Also the restyled search options work faster & more intuitive.

Please tell me what you think ....

02 February 2017


Lawrence made the only known slide rule conceived so vital to the WWII effort that the UK & US governments had it classified - based on research from MIT it calculated radar antenna beam patterns, beam width, gain, etc.

17 January 2017

A New Year, new opportunities

Rod Lovett’s search engines are unmissable tools. Have you tried the two new options added late last year: (i) Long Scale Rules & (ii) Hyperbolic Archive ?

28 October 2016

Have I Got News For You!

The UKSRC Slide Rule Gazette was the guest publication on British television’s highly acclaimed weekly satirical comical news quizz HIGNFY - see the You Tube clip.

My wish list

Sought after slide rules still missing from the collection:
A.W. Faber-Castell4/60, 4/92, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15 & 8/168
Addiator GmbHOctadat
AlroCobol Analyser, Ha Tex & Truck Tyres
Dargue Brothers Ltd / SimplonSD10 Duplex & any WRn model + Sub-Ivory SR-1/3/4/6
Engineering Instruments Inc.Either circular “vinylite” model
Fearns CalculatorsBarber Shop Harmony Calculator
FowlerNautical, Twelve-Ten, Kearns & Mackay
Graphoplex6245 & 6250
InglisFLASH: Pricing, Photographic Exposure, Stock Exchange, Foreign Money, Paper Trades & Health Insurance
IWA15489 Harmonik
L&C Hardtmuth / Classic10" Series III
Lawrence Engineering ServicesS-M (C.V. Ore) & Exposure (MIT)
NestlerCursor (runner) for 342 (50cm) & 24b (100cm)
Slide Rule & Scale Engineering Co. (S.E.&S.E.)- any -
UniqueNorman, Perfectus, Dial, Pioneer Long Scale & Junior