Marples No. 60 / M60 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Carving Tools
Tool Type: Wood Carving Tools
Model No: 60 / M60
William Marples produced a range of wood carving tools
under their 'Shamrock' brand up until 1965 (according to my studies
so far - this date may change as I research further), this set I believe
was made after 1965 (there are no Shamrock markings).
The tools were handled with polished finished boxwood handles or Mahogany handles. The 'Marples' brand name was displayed on the handles.
The handles were finished with brass ferrules.
The blades were forged from the best quality cast steel which were accurately ground to a good profiled edge.
This range of carving tools were sold individually and in different sized box sets. The individual tools which were sold were the same tools as the ones in the box sets only.
The Marples number M60 carving tool box set photographed with the Boxwood handles
consisted of mainly gouges of various widths, along with a vee
tool, spoon tool and a skew tool:
1 x 3mm spoon chisel
1 x 10mm curved gouge
1 x 14mm square end chisel
1 x 2mm deep gouge / veiner tool
1 x 7mm straight gouge
1 x 13mm skew chisel
1 x 8mm skew chisel
1 x 6mm curved gouge
1 x 7mm vee tool
1 x 13mm vee tool
1 x 12mm straight gouge
This set particular set was presented in a blue cardboard box with a photo-printed lid displaying
Marples carving tools and detailing the core details of the set. The insert of this
box was blue.
The tools in this set were full size carving tools.
The full size carving tools are sometimes referred to as the professional range. The use of the term professional range can be a little misleading, the tools can be used by beginner or professional, they just have longer blades than the beginner sets and because of the extra size they were priced at a higher price. The longer blade lasts longer in terms of how many times you can sharpen it.
There may have been different tools within the sets depending on the age of the set, for instance the Mahogany set photographed with a different style of box had slightly different tools in. This box was marked on the lid 'Set Of Twelve Wood Carving Tools, Catalogue No. 60, Blades Of Sheffield Tool Steel'.
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