Marples chisels, I'm confused

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Forum topic by DaveA posted 02-20-2010 12:05 AM 7581 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 12:05 AM

I read threads about the Marples chisels and how they are a better choice being made in England, I get that.

Now why am I seeing Irwin Marples chisels at Menards that are made in China? I think someone is trying to fool me. Is Marples a trade name for a certain type of chisel and only some are made in England?

Can somebody clarify what I should be looking for in these chisels?

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 12:27 AM

I bought some Marples chisels from Lee Valley and they are labeled “Made in Sheffield England.”

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 12:46 AM

I will look for that specifically. Maybe the others are knock-offs.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 05:07 AM

Greetings Dave : I’ve got a complete set of Marples chizels w/ storage box… Made in Sheffield, England, just like Randy said…..if it don’t say that…then they are Chinese junk….I’d stay away from them if I were you.
These are the best chizels I’ve ever owned, and they sharpen up nicely…..look for those words on the box.

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 05:26 AM

Thanks Rick. I think I saw those at a local Farm/Fleet store, they said made in England. Kinda odd they would sell them, but hey do have a lot of Irwin tools and I personally prefer the brand generally.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 06:03 AM

The Marples chisels I’m familiar with are all pretty bad. The British made bench chisels, some of mine go back to the 70’s, are a high vanadium content steel that’s simply softer than it should be. All my vintage chisels with the exception of Buck Brothers, are far better tools. I’m not sure why but old Buck Brothers chisels are all too soft as a result of being drawn too far back during their original tempering. I can reharden my Buck Brothers chisels but I’m not sure of the hardening process for my Marples chisels so I won’t mess with them. Marples carving chisels from the 70’s have pretty good steel in them but they were poorly shaped and need a lot of grinding to get to where they’re balanced properly and give good feed-back.

I’m not a fan of the Ashley Iles bolsters but their new Mark II chisels seem pretty good. I’d rather have a few sizes of the Ashley Iles Mark II chisels than a complete set of any Marples bench chisels I’ve seen.

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