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Different Types of Drawing Compass


I know you are thinking “What? There are different types of geometry compass? Who dat?”

I’m not crazy. It’s real. The different types are out there waiting for you, and they are all amazing.

Although you might think that one size fits all this is not true when it comes to compasses.

A geometry compass gives the best result for circles of a diameter up to about the size of the compass.


Let’s see know what are the types of drawing compass




6-inch spring compass.jpg


This compass is the most used, and it’s the first one that everybody buys.




4 inch spring compass.jpg


It’s the smaller version of the 6-inch compass.




An alternative to the spring 4-inch compass



beam compass.jpg


It’s the most accurate compass, and also the most expensive one.





That is a compass with 2 steel points.




proportional divider.jpg


This divider is used to divide the circle into equal parts in a simple yet effective way.


Is it necessary to have all these compasses? Not really.

I would recommend buying at least one 6-inch compass, a drop-bow compass for extra-small circles and a beam compass for big circles. 


If you want to know what they are used for and why, I’ve created a guide that includes everything you need to know about drawing compasses. You can download it here.


If you want to know which geometry compass I use, check my supplies list here


Different Types of Geometry Compass

April 8, 2020

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  1. Abigail says:

    Ooooh. You are keeping us on a knife edge of anticipation.

  2. Shirin says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Only in Iran do we call COMPASS "pargar" and a device that has a hand that points north, south, east, and west is called COMPASS. I said it might be interesting for you. Sorry, my English is not good and I am talking to you with the help of Google Translate

  3. Carlos Carcelen Flores says:

    Thank you very much, which Metallic Compass Mark of Precision you recommend and which Weight (gr / m2) and Block Mark is adequate.
    Thank you

  4. ramesh says:


    Good informative article, how to measure the accuracy of the drawn circle

  5. […] A divider is a compass with two steel points. The divider is not used for drawing as it has no graphite point, but it’s used to mark holes on paper. You can read more about this tool in my blog post “Different Types of Drawing Compass“. […]

  6. Alliah Malik says:

    Hi, I am interested in enrolling on your course.

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