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Joseph Marples Trial 1 9” Sliding Bevel Gauge Rosewood Brass Thumbscrew Lock

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Joseph Marples is one of the best-known Sheffield based tool makers and has been manufacturing joiners tools, such as bevel gauges, marking/cutting gauges and squares since the 1840s. The business has remained in the family to this day and continues to be based in Sheffield, England and managed by Tony a 6th generation Marples. Although modern technology is now utilized for many operations, many of the traditions of manufacturing fine hand tools have remained the same using selected materials and hand finishing. The same threads used in their marking gauges today were those used over 100 years ago.

The Joseph Marples 'Trial 1' selection of Rosewood tools represents the very best quality they produce. They are based on designs of tools last made over 70 years ago, which carried their ‘TRIAL 1’ brand, or Corporate Mark.

These Trial 1 bevels have 1/8” inch thick machined solid brass on both faces with a solid rosewood center.

This sliding bevel gauge can be adjusted to any angle for marking, transferring, measuring and storing angles. The blade is locked in place via a solid brass ¾” diameter knurled thumbscrew.  

The base is solid brass and plantation grown Indian Rosewood and is 5/8” thick, 1” wide and 6” long.

The blade is made from blued spring steel and is 0.040” thick, 1” wide and 9” long.


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