If anyone could tell me what this knife might be worth, I'd be in your debt. . So basically thanks too Marbles. Of course, bayonets and other slender blades with double edges or extended, sharpenable false edges would be exceptions, as they are obviously designed for more specific purposes. Marble did not overlook traditional rear sights. I recently inherited a set of knives that I had not previously know to exist from my great-grandfather. As the saying goes, having a need is the mother of invention, Mr.
Please see comments regarding Shipping Prices below. Overall the knife appears to be in pretty good condition still holding a pretty nice edge even though it probably hasn't been touched since the 60's. Description reads: Click to expand. They have a great warranty and the custom service is top notch. Best guess late 40's to early 60's.
One's the Woodcraft you see above manufactured in 1998 but the matching knife fixed up just the same was an Expert blade that was found at the Marbles factory and made into a knife to match the Woodsman above. I guess i will stick to something that has worked for me I have quite a few older marbles made in gladstone, very nice knife. I hesitate to post these in this forum because they are not Marbles knives, but as requested, here are 2 of the other 3 knives that I inherited. To make a long story short, I got a grand tour of the shop, and after seeing how much I was into knives, was offered the oppertunity to examine a knife that nobody had ever seen before. With an explaniation of what it looked like, he said very few were made and he had never actually held one in his hands.
Today, Marble Arms manufactures an impressive lineup of traditional and modern sights for every sporting arm and continues to supply factory equipment sights for most American gun makers. Plenty of good knives for sale in their section too. Your Woodcraft knife at the top likely dates Mid 50's. It was then that I realised that I was talking to the owners of Marbles. It has been stored away in a box in a closet for over 35 years. It was one of Michigan's first social networks.
I was at the Hunting Time Expo on Sunday. All my Marbles knives I have four others, besides those pictured above came in a box like this: When Craig Lauderman took over he found a few hundred vintage ideal blades from the 30's and 40's in storage and handled them through the custom shop and my guess is that is one of them. It appears that my great grandfather had applied some kind of laquer to protect the metal in the handle from rusting to do hand oils. The American made knives, especially the ones prior to 1979 are very collectible and valuable. The tip and heavily worn belly remind me of a Dolphin's head in the first picture, and I suspect is probably a common sight on many worn out Ideals.
It was the most comprehensive line of rifle, pistol and shotgun sights in the industry. It is a very very rare knife and yours is in really nice shape with a strong stamp, of the few I have seen most had a weak stamp Marble's produced this knife from 1910 to 1915, the Haines knife was dropped from their lineup after the Woodcraft went in to production 1915. In 1997 Marble's started making knives again in Gladstone and did so until 2010. What a great thread to find your Marble's info My name is Mark and I am in Scottsdale Az. Thanks to glen and Iz for their wealth of info, and answering the same questions over and over! An inventor by nature, he was continually seeking to create useful tools and equipment that would be both practical and durable in the outdoors. Testimonials came from everywhere and Marble liberally sprinkled them throughout his advertising.
Thanks, the Haines is a joy to see, G1 longtime lurker, first post Hi all, I have been reading here for years, this thread compelled me to actually sign up. I appreciate you taking the time to help me identify this knife. In any event nice knives!!! Will Sorry to hijack the thread but stag man would this appear to be an early Marbles knife? Some where in the many pages of this thread I have read questions about how to tighten loose leather handles. It does appear that they may have had some kind of tooling to 'clean-up' that area, as there would be a noticeable slag remnant present, otherwise. A one of a kind Campcraft produced in 2000. Wow, that's pretty cool Tom! It was an unfinished proto type.
All three are still manufactured by Marble Arms today. I was inquiring if someone might know why, or is it simply this way because some knives missed the stamp during production and before hardening ,. In 1953 Marble Arms was sold to a group of businessmen from Marquette, Milwaukee and Chicago. Wayne Speaking specifically about the leather handle Woodcraft and Ideal models the handles got thicker and bulkier from the time the models were introduced. Today, Marble Arms is still in operation in Gladstone. We spent days going through boxes and never dented it. Decent looking, but the selection os styles seems limited.