As I think about the tools I've acquired over the years, a micrometer is one that is very clearly lacking. I think within 6 months I will go ahead and buy one.
A few years ago I bought Mitutoyo IP66 digita calipers, which are wildly accurate. I have carefully examined the worksmanship under a 100x optimal comparator to examine the measuring surfaces for lack of parallelism or any pits, but wasn't able to find a single imperfection.
This obviously bodes really well for Mitutoyo's micrometers. The question is, are other, cheaper brands comparable? MSC has SPI and Fowler micrometers for up to 50% less. I don't have any personal experience with these brand's products. Does anybody here? Thoughts?