View Full Version : Greenlee Bench Chisels

Deane Allinson
02-13-2011, 4:06 PM
I bought a set of Greenlee bevel edge bench chisels in 1980, 1/8" to 1 1/4". They were made in Sheffield, England. I'm just curious as to who made them. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the Greenlee folks.They look a lot like older Marples but with beech handles and logo burned into them. One of my kids lost the 1/2" size. I picked up an older Marples to fill in until I can find one that matches. The Greenlee's are a little above average quality. Mine are grubbier now than the ones in the small photo.

Alfred Kraemer
02-13-2011, 4:36 PM

They sure look like the Marples chisels. Are they marked on the blade, too?

I have a couple of Greenlee's that were made in Rockford. IL. Those are among my favorite chisels: the steel is very tough and holds an edge really well. A couple of other Greenlee items I have drawknife and auger bits are all above average.

I've read in a number of places that Marples steel quality used to be very good but then at some point declined.


Jim Holman
02-13-2011, 6:03 PM

They were made by Marples. Someone was selling these for $28/set of 7 chisels as a closeout and I purchased several sets to resell. Decent steel and durable handles.

Deane Allinson
02-13-2011, 6:31 PM

I purchased several sets to resell. Decent steel and durable handles.

You wouldn't happen to still have a 1/2" one laying around?

george wilson
02-13-2011, 7:08 PM
My 1960's Marples are about as good as any chisels that are made from 01,which is what I think these are made from. I still use them a lot.

John Sanford
02-14-2011, 2:52 AM
Could they have been Footprints?