Joseph Marples Level Review By: I.Ball
Manufacturer: Joseph Marples
Tool Type: Level
The Joseph Marples Level review covers the wooden and brass level
manufactured by Joseph Marples Ltd of Sheffield, England. This level
is also referred to as the Joseph Marples Spirit Level.
The Joseph Marples Level is a traditional wooden level made in a similar style to old levels but with a slightly modern Joseph Marples twist.
The Joseph Marples Level is made with a choice of Rosewood or Walnut stock, thick 3mm (1/8") brass top and thick 3mm (1/8") feet.
The level is marked on the stock in gold or black coloured writing 'Joseph Marples Ltd, Sheffield, England'.
The Joseph Marples Level is available in two sizes:
- 6" (152mm)
- 9" (229mm)
Joseph Marples is run by a relative of the prolific tool making family 'Marples' whose family treeline include the company founders William Marples & Sons and the original Joseph Marples who first made Joseph Marples tools in 1840.
The historic Marples tool makers are some of the great Sheffield tool makers which have helped to give Sheffield tool making a world renowned reputation for good quality tool making.
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Marples Spirit Level
Marples Wooden and Brass Level
From my observations,
I believe in around 2019 Joseph Marples began offering Walnut alternatives to their
Rosewood tools due I would imagine in part to the approaching new CITES updates on the import/export
of Rosewood. From what I saw, the Rosewood version remained the popular option amongst
retailers and woodworkers at this time in the UK.
From my observations, the choice of Walnut began becoming a mainstream option in around 2020-2021 when I believe there were Rosewood supply problems to the UK (possibly globally), I believe due to Covid related disruption, this I would imagine opened the door for some retailers to start stocking the Walnut version.
- Joseph Marples Ltd
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