MARBLES 7 INCH IDEAL-BURL MAPLE HANDLE- W/SHEATH-MADE IN 2002 IN GLADSTONE MI -AN AMERICAN ICON !!!
Folk's, when the Lauermans took over Marble's in the mid 1990's, they hired Mike Stewart to head their knife division... They re-created some of the companies most well known & famous knives, and the Marble's Ideal is most certainly on the top of that list !!! Folk's, if you have never had the pleasure to hold one of these big Ideal's in your hand, you cannot imagine what a massive piece of cutlery they are !!!
Folk's, the Marble's Ideal was the 1st knife in the Marble's lineup...1899 was its birthday, and by 1915 this knife had taken America by storm !!! Explorers from Teddy Roosevelt to Peary & Byrd who were the explorers to reach the north & south poles carried Ideals...Charles Lindbergh spent 1lb of his precious cargo weight to carry a Marble's Ideal, Matchbox, and Compass in the cockpit of the 1st solo Trans-Atlantic flight, now on display in the Smithsonian Institution !!!
By the end of its 3rd decade of production(1930) Marble's had become the world's most famous maker of outing equipment...From pole to pole, around the globe, the Marble's Ideal was the standard by which all other hunting knives were measured !!!
Folk's, look around the web and knife shows you attend, there is just not that many new Ideal's for sale...alot of old vintage ones, but very few of the newer 1998-2003 rebirth era at the company, with Mike Stewart there from 1997 till 2002, then after Craig Lauerman sold out the company in 2003-4,,,these 7-8 years was some of the best produced knives in their 111 yr history,, bar none !!! The reason I heard for the Ideal shortage was that it was to expensive to machine the big fuller in the knife blade, costing 20 bucks a knife on the larger Ideal blades like the 7 & 8 inch models,, and that the cutting tool having to be replaced often, was very costly... they were just not made in large run quantaties at all folk's,, "sales pitch be darned", just fact !!! I am very pleased that I can offer an Ideal such as this for sale !!!
This is the Marble's 7" Ideal
This is a 1/2 Guard / 1/2 Hilt Ideal
Knife is 12" OAL with a 7" blade
Big heavy Brass guard/hilt to prevent accidents during heavy cutting/choping camp chores
Blade has the massive fuller in it thats makes the Ideal instantly reconized
Blade is deeply struck stamped Marble's with their Banner stamp...blade is made of 1070-6C high carbon Vanadium steel... 1/4 inch thick !!!
Knife was made in 2002 per spacer system used at Marble's from 1997-2002
Handle is Gorgeous Burl Maple,,,really pretty when you get it in the sun light and can see all the swirls in the wood
Comes with its Original Marble's stamped oil tanned leather sheath and it has the **internal cutguard** that prevents slicing your sheath putting the blade in & out...."sheath has a few lite oil stains that can be seen in pics"
Condition: Brand New...never used or carried, or dislpayed
Please supersize pics on the next page for a close-up look at one, if not thee, most famous knives ever made & one of the last of these big Ideals I have for sale
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Item # 20657
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