Never look for a pencil again!

How it works
QuickDraw tape measure with built in graphite marking device
QuickDraw tape measure being reloaded with graphite like a mechanical pencil

2000 Marks per load!

Video - How to Reload

Lock the Blade to Draw Circles

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Testimonials

I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be a cool Christmas gift for our son in law. After I received it I think I'll have to buy him another one. This is a well built 25' tape measure that is easy to read and the built in pencil is a fantastic idea.

Paul P.

It is super handy and easy to use for projects. Particularly woodworking and drywall work. It's super easy to drag a straight line down a large sheet of material to make a long cut. Or pre-set the tape measure with a measurement and make your mark in hard to reach places.

Jeff B.

Another stocking stuffer for my hubby for the win! My hubby is so used to stealing pencils from inside I had to remind him of the built in graphite marker a couple of times. But now he's so used to it when he grabs a different tape measure he's peeved he's gotta revert an old fashioned pencil!

Kendra S.

I purchased this for my dad as a gift. He is a pretty avid carpenter, so he is big on measuring twice, cutting once. After few days, he got hooked on using the marking feature, and he loves it. He used it building a 20'x30' garage and said it was super helpful. Great gift!

Patrick A.

Why quickdraw?

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Patented RollMark Technology

The marking system works like this: There is a stick of graphite directly above the small steel wheel. As the wheel rolls, it transfers the graphite to the surface being marked. The result is a pencil line, without the pencil, and it never needs to be sharpened, and it can't break.     

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TruView WEDGE Indicator

It looks like a wedge shape from the front, but as you look from above, it becomes a single line. It acts as a gun site, eliminating the parallax effect and letting you make an extremely accurate mark.

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Rugged Construction

The rugged co-molded case is secured by industrial STAR-drive screws. Our tape hook is secured with three rivets and a steel backing plate.  FYI: You can extend the stand-out of the blade up to 12 feet with your free hand.

The QUICKDRAW Marking KeyChain Holds Refills - $9.99

Blog posts

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

launch your Invention IDEA for under $100

So many people have a EUREKA moment and think “Holy Sh**! I have the next million dollar idea!” Then they quickly research the process of inventing and become overwhelmed at all the ways they *might* need to spend money to make it to market. Unfortunately, this fear stops many people dead in their tracks. 

Don’t you be one of them! If you truly believe you have a great idea, you owe it to yourself to take the first (low cost) steps to find out.  I’m going to walk you through the basics so you have a clear understanding of what to do, and when to do it, and the beauty is, your out of pocket costs will likely be under $100 dollars. 

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

5 Easy Ways to Prototype your IDEA

One of the first steps to making money from your product/idea is to make sure it works, and you prove your idea works by creating a prototype. In the business world, it's called "proof of concept".  A "proof of concept" prototype is different than a production model prototype. Proof of concept prototypes are usually simple and somewhat crude. It's important not to skip this step. Why? Because it will show you where you need to tweak your design and reveal aspects of your idea you might have not considered. 
5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

5 Best Tape Measure Tips and Tricks

Speed square, I don’t need no stinking speed square! Lock the QuickDraw tape measure at the desired measurement and roll your line, moving the hook in unison with your tape as shown.
Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge

Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge

tape measure competition
Win the $1,000.00 QuickDraw Challenge - $1000 dollars and bragging rights go to the first professional builder/carpenter to measure and mark faster than me (I'm Dane, the inventor of the QuickDraw).  You must use an un-modified Stanley tape measure (i.e. Stanley FatMax, PowerLock, etc. We all know Stanley makes really great tapes with lots of standout, so this should be fun  - More details at: www.quickdrawtapes.com 
Who first said "Time is Money"?

Who first said "Time is Money"?

What I find interesting about this quote is that it was directed to Young Tradesmen back in 1737, and yet is still just as important, if not more so, in our modern world. I also like that Franklin get's into the math of it.
Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!

There are approximately 950,000 carpenters in the US… imagine how much collective time is wasted looking for pencils, sharpening pencils, or looking for something to sharpen a pencil with.

It’s TIME to end this madness - The top-rated QuickDraw self-marking tape measure is on sale today- www.quickdrawtapes.com

A Brief History of Tape Measures

A Brief History of Tape Measures

The next big change to measuring tapes was blade standout, or what I call the blade standout wars, which Stanley won hands down with the FatMax, by patenting the 1.25" wide blade combined with the brilliant  geometry of the curve of the blade as shown here in John C. Murray's 2001 patent.Stanley tapes is king of blade standout
LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert, naked, with an anvil and when you came back the next day, the anvil would be broken and he wouldn’t know how it happened… The point being that contractors are capable of breaking anything, so if you break your QuickDraw tape, please know that we have you covered. QuickDraw Pro models that are bought through our website are covered by our *limited lifetime warranty (see details on our website.
Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw tape measure- Weekend project 

The problem:  an exterior utility door, that's got a fair amount of dry rot, and the brass hinges and latch are caked in 50 years of paint.  

For tools, besides my Quickdraw tape, I've got a chop saw, a skill-saw, a screw-gun, and a plainer, but no table saw, so, I'll measure, and mark with the quickdraw, then cut the boards to 38" using the chop saw.