The steep, high cliffs can be very good for hikes and the like, but one should be careful not to get lost. Likewise, hiking in a dense forest is also fun, but one can get lost. Tools that help keep hikers on track help, such as maps, help one avoid getting completely lost. Binoculars can also be used for keeping hikers in the right direction. A common tool used both on land and on the sea is that of a compass. The compass can be used as the most reliable source of directional guidance for a traveler. In many ways, the compass is the best, as it is compact as well as very accurate. The dangerous trips they take cause hikers and travelers to pack smartly and efficiently. Tools like bright lanterns can aid a traveler needing to see their way, but no tools are as useful as brass compasses. More so in comparison to any tool, the compass is practically required as an item for those who travel in the woods or over sea. When brass compasses were first invented, they gained instant popularity that has continued to this day. Modern compasses tend to be much larger than brass compasses once were. The materials required in making brass compasses were scarce in the past, and to compensate for this manufacturers reduced the size of the brass compasses. The size of the brass compasses does not make them less costly. The price of these compasses is driven up slightly by the fact they are coated in pure brass. Denting is not a problem with these instruments, as brass compasses and their metal resist small scrapes. Brass compasses are best at bringing together many different aspects of a room. With a small amount of oil and elbow grease, these items will be kept looking good as new. Bronze and brass are two of the most popular metals to make compasses from. Crafters make their compasses from this metal because they resist the ocean’s corrosive salt spray. Brass metal also withstands age, and as such many brass compasses are in good condition. Reflecting light in a soft, gorgeous manner is what brass is best suited for. Placing these pieces in the path of the sun is a good way to help them reflect light. Both the room and items placed around the compass are lit by the reflected light as well. Brass compasses are perhaps some of the most useful display items on the market today. This compass is a great item that is both decorative and has many practical uses. This compass is a fantastic deal in terms of a quality to size ratio. Brass is often treated with high heat, known as burnishing, which makes it look slightly older even when brand new. Because of their appearance, these compasses will not always look untouched. The luster of this particular compass will always be present, however, due to the metal’s natural resistance to rust or dimming. These compasses are very popular in many circles for their beauty and classic appearance.