Any Marble's Woodcraft experts here?

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Any Marble's Woodcraft experts here?

Post by dznnf7 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:07 am

Cool old knife given to me 40+ years ago. I'm told the "pat pend" marking makes it very old, maybe 1915. Any truth to that? It's never seen real use from the looks of it.
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Re: Any Marble's Woodcraft experts here?

Post by btrwtr » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:28 am

That is what is referred to as a first model Woodcraft c. 1914-1916. Hard to find knife especially in that condition. Could you show a picture of the sheath including the snap?
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Post by 1967redrider » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:37 am

Looks like a nice, full blade to me. ::tu:: ::tu::

In addition to the requested sheath picture, could you post the Marble's ricasso stamp too? ::handshake::

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Post by stagman » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:02 am

Nice knife that falls right in the "Golden Age" of Marble's,
they were dominating the Sportsmen's world at that time with their products and with Webster Marble
and his marketing genius...
Their products were found on every continent in the world, including the poles

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Post by dznnf7 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:27 pm

Here's a couple others.
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Post by dznnf7 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:27 pm

Hopefully they're big enough to see the details you asked about!

This was one of my "prized possessions" as a kid. I have always used but taken care of my stuff, a side-effect of having being poor but also loving knives, guns, tools, etc. This one didn't see much use because the sheath seemed pretty fragile. It's nice to share it with others who might appreciate it too. I have a 19 y/o son who likes this stuff a little but isn't even remotely as obsessed as I was!

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Post by 1967redrider » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:20 pm

That is an awesome pair! The "A" hooks to the left, which some say indicates a certain manufacturing period and some say it doesn't. You have a real winner there! ::tu:: ::tu::

I tried to find a picture of their marketing logo, "For Every Hour in the Wild," but couldn't.
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Post by Gunsil » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:43 pm

Very nice example of an early Woodcraft!! Looks like the guard and spacers are nickel instead of brass? That would make it more special to some collectors.

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Post by dznnf7 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:53 pm

It is a very light color but still brass I believe. I'll look at it harder when I get a chance. The nut in the stag pommel seems to always be darker and more brass-looking, so you may be on to something. It'd be nice to get a collector's input on this. It's my "collection" of one, but I've always thought it was very cool. I've made and accumulated hundreds of knives and it still stands out. One of the really noticeable things is how small the handle is compared to newer knives. Not too tiny but definitely not big.

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Post by btrwtr » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:42 pm

I hadn't noticed but as Gene said the spacers and guard look like nickel silver. I do think the opinions you are getting here are coming from collectors.
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Post by 1967redrider » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:01 pm

Tarnish removed brass can look very silvery, but the yellow comes back in time. At least that's what I have noticed.
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Post by dznnf7 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:07 am

I went and took a close look - nickel silver bolster and spacers on the stacked handle. A little verdigris forms on it over time, which made me think brass.

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Post by Gunsil » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:10 pm

1967redrider wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:01 pm
Tarnish removed brass can look very silvery, but the yellow comes back in time. At least that's what I have noticed.
And nickel silver looks very silvery when polished, more so than brass. The OP knife does not look polished anyways. Nickel or German silver was once called 'white brass", but one can easily see the guard and spacers shown here are nickel silver. I am sure some are aware that Marbles normally used only brass guards and spacers on most of their knives, the ones with nickel are more scarce.

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Re: Any Marble's Woodcraft experts here?

Post by dznnf7 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:06 am

Thanks for all the input guys. I had no idea it was so scarce; it probably belongs in a dedicated Marbles collection somewhere.

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