Lufkin Rule Co.
Cleveland, OH and Saginaw, MI

Tool Types


Directory of American Toolmakers Information

Originally E.T. Lufkin in the Lufkin Board & Log Rule Mfg. Co. in Cleveland, this company's name was changed when bought out by four members of the Morley Bros. Co. in Saginaw.

Identifying Marks

Various configurations of the maker name and city/state, the maker name only or "Lufkin" with various brand names, model numbers, etc.

General Information
Edward Lufkin owned the patent on a "Board Measure", April 7, 1874, which appeared in the 1890-1891 catalog. America’s largest manufacturer of measuring tools for logging and timber harvesting, Lufkin measuring tools are also commonly encountered in modern workshops and collections.



Nelson, Robert E., Ed. (1999). Directory of American Toolmakers: A listing of identified makers of tools who worked in Canada and the United States before 1900. Early American Industries Association.

The Lufkin Rule Co. (1888). Lufkin Measuring Instruments, Exerpts from Trade catalogues, 1888 to 1940, Documentary and Arrangement by Kenneth D. Roberts. Facsimile of the original. Cleveland, OH. Clark-Briton Printing Co.

Cooper Canada Newsletter. (Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall, 1982). Lufkin's History. Facsimile of the original. Ken Roberts Publishing Co.