Joseph Marples Cutting / Marking Gauge Solid Rosewood Half-Round Head with Brass Wear Strips
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.
This cutting gauge is used for scoring across the grain and can also be used for cutting strips of wood veneer and making small rabbits. The dual bevel cutter is secured in place with a brass wedge which also allows removal for sharpening the cutter.
Cutter: dual bevel hardened steel cutter secured in place with a brass wedge
Size of head: 2-3/16” wide x 2-1/2” tall x 1-1/8” thick
Size of beam: crowned beam, 11/16” x 11/16”, unfinished
Marking capacity: 6-1/8”
Wood: plantation grown Indian Rosewood
Head: half round inlaid with solid brass wear plates, unfinished
Locking mechanism: solid brass knurled thumb screw
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