Brass Pocket Compass

Waterproof brass compass. Keep it in your pocket or glovebox for convenient use. One inch in diameter. Made in Minnesota. Also comes as a key ring, which works for our EDC kit. (more info)

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Brass Pocket Compass - Kaufmann Mercantile

As GPS becomes more and more ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget that explorers once discovered entire continents using little more than a compass, the stars, and their own wits.

The time is ripe to take a lesson from these brave men and learn how to navigate for ourselves again. Not that you need to start pulling out the sextant to plot your morning commute—but having this type of basic survival skill to fall back on is just plain common sense.

This compass is an example par excellence of the everyday carry, something to be slipped into a pocket, wallet, backpack or purse and kept close at hand all day, every day. At just one inch in diameter it won’t take up a lot of real estate, but in a tight place or during an unforeseen emergency, it could just save your life.

Small and unassuming, this compass fits neatly into the palm of your hand. Built like a tank, it’s machined from solid brass, sealed against moisture, and is backed by a lifetime replacement warranty regardless of circumstance.

Use & Care

Before entering a strange or unknown area, stop and check your compass for the direction of your intended travel, as well as the directions of all roads, trails or other landmarks. Observe carefully, making a mental picture of your starting point. As you proceed, observe your compass frequently. This will help keep your orientation clear in your mind.

The dial of this compass features luminous glow-in-the-dark paint which can be charged with a flashlight for extra brightness.

Production & Design

This compass has been designed, assembled and packaged in Brainerd, Minnesota for over 66 years.

Produced on precision CNC from solid 1-1/16 inch brass rod, the jeweled movement floats on a polished tapered pinnacle, covered by a Lexan® lens. The brass cover ring is threaded to the brass case for a watch-type seal, making this compass truly water and shock resistant.

Inventor Vern Budlong spent 20 years researching and developing this compass, finding it "unsurpassed as the most accurate and dependable compensated compass ever manufactured."


1 inch (2.54 cm) diameter

Brass casing
Lexan® lens

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