Compasses come in many shapes and sizes, some good, some bad and some very bad. It is important to know what to look for when you're buying a compass.
The diagram on this page shows the essential elements that a compass should have. There are compasses which have more than this but if you buy a compass which has these as a minimum, then you are on the right track.
However there is a world of difference between a £5 compass and a £25 compass and you really do get what you pay for! Spend wisely and you'll have a compass that will last for years, will be reliable and won't let you down. Buy a cheap compass and you're heading for trouble.
Silva has built up a deserved reputation for the quality and accuracy of their compasses. From their Field compass up to the splendid Expedition 54 you can be assured you have a compass made to high standards.
You can buy a range of Silva Compass perfectly suited for all outdoor enthusiasts from the Silva Navigation School Shop.