Joseph Marples has been manufacturing in Sheffield since at least the 1840's where there were many other Marples' who were involved in manufacturing here. Some of the other Marples, most of whom were related were manufacturing joiners hand tools, such as brass inlaid rosewood & ebony braces, boxwood spokeshaves, beech planes, gauges and squares.
The current Joseph Marples tool company, still manufactures some of the finest marking and measuring tools available on the market today. Many of these are still made with similar manufacturing processes as in the early days, only where necessary has man power been replaced by machines. The tools are still hand finished and materials selected from the finest sustainable sources. In fact, the same threads are used on their gauges as were used over 100 years ago! Proof that quality is as good today as it was then.
The Trial 1 range of tools were brought back into production to reinvent one of the original corporate logos (Trial 1) and are based on designs produced over 70 years ago. These are high quality, specially manufactured tools for those who appreciate only the finest products.
Joseph Marples is still being run by the Marples' family and is in it's 6th generation to be in succession there, Mr. Joseph A. (Tony) Marples. With so much history in place, these are tools that have a wealth of experience in their production.