You won’t need a fancy compass with this nickel that points North


The Covert Compass from Shomer-Tec is a genuine nickel that has been modified to function as a simple compass that will point to magnetic North. The nickel has a groove around the edge that is used to suspend the coin from a thread. You supply the thread and when dangled, the heads side of the coin will point the way North. This extremely basic compass was inspired by similar compasses used by allied service men in WWII. No one would guess that this coin is a compass, making it the perfect addition to your spy gear toolbox. The Covert Compass is available from Shomer-Tec for $24. They also offer a Euro coin version for $29. They are going to send me one to try, so l’ll have a full report soon.

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10 comments… add one
  • Donald Schoengold August 20, 2014, 6:20 pm

    $29 for a magnetized coin worth 5 cents. Am I not the only person who finds this absurd? And they do not even supply you w the thread to hold it.

    I can buy a real compass from REI for about the same price –

    and several for a whole lot less. What happens if you accidentally spend your magnetized $29 nickle?

  • Fred August 20, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I guess you gonna fork out again $33.95 ($24 + shipping) for another nickel.

  • DStaal August 21, 2014, 6:11 pm

    I can see why servicemen in WWII might have needed something like this – to conceal that they were carrying it, in case they were captured. (I’ll assume carrying a compass would count as ‘spy equipment’ or something.) But otherwise: Why? You can get compasses that aren’t any bulkier, and are easier to use. (And harder to lose.) Why not just carry one of them? I can find 8-packs for two bucks; you won’t even care if you lose it.

  • chriszzz August 22, 2014, 3:16 am

    Other than the novelty, I don’t see the point of this.

    You won’t need a fancy nickel with a regular $2 compass that points North. Or just use the compass on the phone you already have.

    • Julie Strietelmeier August 22, 2014, 7:19 am

      Everyone is comparing this to a regular compass. This is a covert compass so that people won’t know it’s a compass. Think James Bond or Jack Bauer.

  • DStaal August 22, 2014, 3:29 pm

    A: Yeah, but we *aren’t* James Bond or Jack Bauer, and there’s no real advantage for this in any other situation. It’s not even as good a compass.

    B: The compass they’d give James Bond or Jack Bauer is this one: It’s smaller, more accurate, easier to use, and more durable. It’s even harder to take from you. (It’s designed to be *swallowed* in an emergency, so you can get it later…)

    • Julie Strietelmeier August 22, 2014, 3:35 pm

      DStaal ok that one you linked to is really cool. 🙂 As for this one, I thought it was interesting so I wrote about it. They sent me one to try out and I received it today. I’ll try to test it this weekend and post a super quickie review. More than anything it’s a conversation piece…

  • Bob DeLoyd August 22, 2014, 5:17 pm

    Dang, $9.99 for shipping and handling for a dang nickle!

  • DStaal August 22, 2014, 5:56 pm

    No problem; it does work as a conversation piece. I just don’t see any *other* use. 😉

  • Bob DeLoyd August 23, 2014, 2:23 am

    Well it also points South!
    Points to where the center of the Earth is!
    And like magic can be changed into five pennies!

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