W.Marples chisel

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W.Marples chisel

Postby zoogirl » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:28 pm

I picked up this W.Marples and Sons chisel out at the Red Barn/Vancouver Flea Market.
From what I can find, the company started in the 1830’s. It became a Ltd company in about 1898. As my chisel doesn’t say ‘Ltd’ I’m hoping it’s pre-‘98.
Here it is
I’m too young to be this old!
“Hey Ann, gotchyer knife?!”

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Re: W.Marples chisel

Postby FRJ » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:56 pm

Sorry, I can't help you with the date, Ann.

Your previously nice socket/bevel chisel, was sorely abused by some one who beat a mushroom into the socket and ground that off and beat some more mushroom into the socket again while apparently using it as a cold chisel.
It can be saved and still continue to be used if a proper edge is ground in and the flat bottom and the edge are stoned.
A very easy fix actually. The socket is probably hopeless in terms of getting a wood handle in there.
They were and are great chisels.

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Re: W.Marples chisel

Postby tongueriver » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:34 pm

What fun! Old tools are as fascinating as knives. Don't get started on planes; that could get expensive! This reminds me that I need to restore a really nice old meat saw with a 27 inch blade. I saw a two-part video on youtube wherein two brothers crafted a damascus screwdriver with burl wood slab handles, gold wire inlays and a Yogo sapphire.

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