Joseph Marples Sliding Bevel Review By: I.Ball
Category: Sliding Bevels
Manufacturer: Joseph Marples
Tool Type: Sliding Bevel
The Joseph Marples Sliding Bevel review covers the Sliding Bevel
manufactured by Joseph Marples Ltd of Sheffield, England.
The Joseph Marples Sliding Bevel is made in a similar traditional style that sliding bevels for many, many generations have been made including the old Marples Sliding Bevels.
A sliding bevel is basically a try square which can be adjusted to any angle for marking or checking.
The sliding bevel is made with a hardwood stock, decorative and protective brass parts and a slotted, blued steel blade.
There are two different versions of blade securing mechanisms avaialble; a brass
knurled tightening nut and the traditional screw tightening mechanism which most
of the old sliding bevels used.
The two main types of wood used for the stock is Rosewood (Joseph Marples Rosewood Sliding Bevel) and Walnut (Joseph Marples Walnut Sliding Bevel).
Note: There is also a Joseph Marples Beech Sliding Bevel Wingnut version which this review does not extend to.
The stock is marked 'Joseph Marples Ltd, Sheffield, England'; the Rosewood sliding bevel is marked in gold colour writing and the Walnut sliding bevel is marked in black writing.
The Joseph Marples Sliding Bevel is available in the following blade sizes:
- 7 1/2"
- 10 1/2"
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.
* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.
- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments can result in damage
to the tool. Never force a part to move.
- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the tool.
? - Today
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.
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