Ink-Rite IR101S Chalkline Review
Rather than using chalk, this tool from Tajima uses quick-drying ink to leave a thin, precise mark
To achieve accurate lines, traditional Japanese builders relied on a wooden tool that drew a string through a pool of ink as it was unwound. Based on the same idea, this tool is much easier to use and should be appreciated by people doing finish work. The box has 65 ft. of braided nylon line, the first 25 ft. of which rewinds automatically. The line is strong and leaves a thin, precise mark that is perfect for tasks such as hanging cabinets or installing chair rails. Tajima’s quick-drying inks are available in red, black, white, and blue, and they range in price from $8 to $11 for a 6-oz. container. All-weather ink, which leaves a permanent line, is available for $11 to $14.