Joseph Marples Trial 1 Sliding Bevel

joseph marples trial 1 sliding bevel
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Joseph Marples Trial 1 Sliding Bevel Review By: I.Ball

Category: Sliding Bevels

Manufacturer: Joseph Marples

Tool Type: Sliding Bevel

Model No: Trial 1


The Joseph Marples Trial 1 Sliding Bevel review covers the Sliding Bevel manufactured by Joseph Marples Ltd of Sheffield, England.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel is a signature, top quality, celebrative tool based upon tool designs last made over 75 years ago which also carried the 'Trial 1' brand mark.

The Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel is made with a choice of Rosewood or Walnut stock which is surrounded by thick brass.

The brass has a window on either side of the stock showcasing and contrasting the luxurious Rosewood against the brass on the Rosewood version and smoothly blending on the Walnut version.

joseph marples trial 1 sliding bevel

The stock is marked in gold colour with 'Joseph Marples Ltd, Sheffield, England' along with the 'Trial 1' logo.

The sliding bevel is equipped with a slotted, blued steel blade.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel is only available with one blade size: 9".

The blade securing mechanism is an easy-to-use knurled tightening nut.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel forms part of the 'Trial 1' range which is made up of:

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- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1'Try Square - 6"
- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1'Try Square - 9"
- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1'Try Square - 12"
- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Mortice and Marking Gauge
- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Mitre Square - 10"
- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel - 9"

Joseph Marples also offer the full range of 'Trial 1' tools as a set in the form of the:

- Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Tools Box Set

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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.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel is usually provided in a small brown cardboard box.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' Sliding Bevel product code at the time of writing this review was T20.

Cautions / Notes

* 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.

Manufactured Dates

? - Today

Joseph Marples Sliding Bevel History / Updates

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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