A diagonally placed bamboo ruler.
Close-up of a bamboo ruler.
A map of Japan showing a prefecture where bamboo rulers are made.

Bamboo Ruler

Regular price $ 8.00

This is a classic ruler made of bamboo. It was once the most prevalent type of ruler in Japan before plastic rulers and cheap foreign imports flooded the market. It takes about 20 processes to manufacture the bamboo rulers; some processes are done by machines, but many require work by hand.

Bamboo is an ideal material for a measuring device because of its durability and resistance to temperature and humidity. This second generation maker is proud to say that with good care his rulers will last for 100 years. 


  • Domestically harvested bamboo
  • Metric measurements
  • 11 13/16” x ⅞” (30cm x 2.2cm)
  • Made in Japan

Who Makes it

Founded in 1948, Okane Seisakusho of Shiga is the last remaining workshop in Japan specializing in manufacturing bamboo rulers. What is special about this maker is that they not only continue to manufacture about 200 different kinds of bamboo rulers, but use only domestically harvested bamboo. 

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