Looking for Info on "Vintage" Marples Chisels

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Forum topic by BustedClock posted 08-14-2013 10:12 PM 1328 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2013 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel marples

I’m looking at a set of allegedly vintage Marples chisels. After a lot of research, I’ve gotten the impression that those Marples made in Sheffield England are a pretty good bang for the buck. The person selling these chisels doesn’t know where they come from.

What’s got me scratching my head is that these do not have the quintessential blue handles with white lines. Rather, the handles are a yellow, translucent, plastic with the 3/4” closest to the blade a dark red color. Does anybody know anything about these chisels. Are they honest to goodness real Marples, funky Oriental imports, or some other crazy thing. If real Marples, do they have any sort of reputation comparable to the blue-handled standard?

Thanks for any info.


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#1 posted 08-14-2013 10:27 PM

If they are real Marples, I’ve never heard of them, but that’s not to say they are not….I have a real set of Marples made in Sheffield, England….They came in a wood box made especially for them, and it says it right on the wood box…..These are the blue handled ones, and I bought them about 10 years ago….They don’t make them anymore over there, and now are Chinese made…..The yellow handled ones….????

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 10:38 PM

I’ve seen some old Marples on eBay that have wooden handles, but none of the sellers appears to know anything about woodworking generally, or tools in particular.

This particular set comes in a box but the one picture shows the box open, so no label. There’s printing on one of the chisels, but the picture isn’t sufficient quality to make out what it says.

So, I dunno.

Thanks for the reply.

EoRaptor, AKA BustedClock

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