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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 12-03-2011 05:13 PM 16865 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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startingfromscratch

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12-03-2011 05:13 PM

From the way I understand it, Marples blue handle chisels made in Sheffield are a good starter chisel. Then Irwin bought Marples and kept making them in Sheffield for a while and those are good too. Then Irwin started making them in China and those are not so good.

I’m trying to get a set of 4, new, Marples from Sheffield with blue handles…but I can’t really figure out what the top end I should spend on them is. Anyone know? I’ve seen Marples at $7 each, but those had yellow handles. it looks like the chinese Irwins are going for $30-40 for a set of four on Amazon. I presume that on older set of Marples (new) would be worth more than that…but if it gets too much higher I think I should probably switch gears and look at getting a starter set of Narex.

Sorry to be so high maintenance, but my tool budget is way limited and I don’t want to be wasting any money…and why does it seem everything in hand tools is soooo complicated :).


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#1 posted 12-03-2011 06:35 PM

The yellow handled Sheffield ones are better. Tougher handles,
same metal. Guaranteed splitproof. The blue ones sometimes
have crooked handles too, which is not something I’ve seen
in the yellow ones.

The “blue chip” are a starter set. They were decent and very
affordable in their time and they had the longer profile suitable
for fine paring. I wouldn’t recommend spending more that $30
or so for a set of 4.

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 07:12 PM

I have the complete set of Marples that were made in Sheffield, England. They are the blue handled ones, with the original box and I bought them new about 5-6 years ago…I paid about $70 for the set then…They are a good all-around starter chisel, and need to be honed and sharpened…The ones today are junk, and Chinese.

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 09:43 PM

I recently got a 8pc set of NOS Sheffield marples chisels for $50 (shipped) via ebay. The seller had 4 pc NOS Marples sets for $20 just a few weeks ago. Smoking deals on a good set of tools.

However, I wouldn’t worry about “market value” when comes to such things….within reason of course. Wood chisels will last decades if taken care of. That said, if you want the set, don’t worry about paying an extra few bucks.

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startingfromscratch

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 09:53 PM

Yeah, I’m up to $45 with shipping…I think I’m about to overpay for a set of 4 blue chip marples from sheffield.

@Rick, how many chisels was in your set.
@Tedstor, that is a great deal, nicely done!

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 10:28 PM

startingfromscratch,

There are 6 chisels in my set…from 1/4”———-1 1/4”
The pics of the box is a little fuzzy, but you can make it out

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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meikou

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 10:42 PM

Unfortunately, as with most of the manufacturing industry in Britain, it has become extinct except a few small companies. When a company takes another one over they usually do it because of the brand name and then they value engineer it into being made in China rubbish.

Best of luck with finding the chisels you want. Personally, as chisels will usually last a lifetime, I’d spend a bit more now and not regret it later.

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 11:09 PM

Well, $45 with shipping for Sheffield steel is pretty good. I recently sold a set of 5 Marples-Sheffield with the boxwood handles for $100. The guy was telling me what a great deal he was getting too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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startingfromscratch

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 04:32 AM

Yeah…lost that auction.

Anyone have an opinion of a set of yellow handle Stanley No.60s (set of 5 for $25)?

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startingfromscratch

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#9 posted 12-05-2011 05:26 AM

Nevermind on the Stanley No. 60s…lost that auction too (but on a good note I did win a stanley 60 1/2 that’s ready to work for $23 with shipping).

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 06:31 AM

Should it come up again, I have a couple of the Stanley #60s I bought in the 1960s. They are nice chisels but short.

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#11 posted 05-13-2017 11:58 AM

Just found these old ones when I was walking around searching for other tools! Luck I think
Seems very old but not used yet, I grabbed all of them

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#12 posted 05-17-2017 06:56 PM

This is a set I received years ago from my late Mother. I’ve never used them, or sharpened them either.
I’ll use them some day, when my Stanley #-60s ever wear out…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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mike02130

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#13 posted 05-17-2017 07:15 PM

I don’t get the attraction. I have a couple of old ones. The blue handles seem a bit spongy when you strike them. One I used to pry a piece of baseboard off and it just bent.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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Gentile

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#14 posted 05-17-2017 08:42 PM

The sets run from $40.00 to $75.00 on the eBay…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#15 posted 05-17-2017 09:07 PM

I have a set of four and like them. The sharpen easily and I like the feel of the handle.

I do not use them for prying or beating and work well for me.

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