Out Of the Smoke A Marble...

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Out Of the Smoke A Marble...

Post by orvet » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:24 am

With all the wildfires we've had here the last couple of weeks it's been really difficult to get much done anywhere because of the smoke. I couldn't turn the air conditioner on in the shop because it filled the shop up with smoke. It's hard to work on knives in your eyes are burning!

Here's an old Marbles Gladstone, Michigan I have been working on. It had a Bakelite pommel on it which was in several pieces. If I am correct in my understanding the Bakelite pommel was used in World War II as a substitute for a more durable metal pommel.

This is what the knife look like when I got it
Marbles Gladstone a.jpg
This was my first remove and replace all of the spacers on a stack leather ring handle. I learned quite a bit had in the process. And while I didn't have thick enough colored spacers I had to glue. I don't think it's a perfect job but it was certainly a learning experience and a lot of fun to do. I have another Marbles Gladstone I'm going to try something a little different with it.

As I said is not perfect, but it will give somebody a lifetime of service. I also made the sheath and hand stitched it. It's quite a bit heavier leather than is usually a found on old knives.

I used a deer antler crown because some of the newer Marbles had Stag or bones pommels on some models.
Marbles Restoration a.jpg
Marbles Restoration b.jpg
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I hope you enjoy the pictures!
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Re: Out Of the Smoke A Marble...

Post by Colonel26 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:47 am

Wow Dale, that’s great! I really like the crown pommel! Excellent work!
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Post by bladebuddy » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:55 am

Morning Dale. Your restoration work on the Marbles knife is very good. Really liking that crown pommel. Oh! And your sheath is looking like a perfect fit. Very nice as well. Thanks for showing us. Steve B.
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Post by Meridian_Mike » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:43 am

That is a BEAUTIFUL....... right-handed knife you have dressed up there, Dale!
I love the way you turned the protrusions on the base of that crown to make it comfortable to a right-handed hold.
Wonderful work as usual!

::tu:: ::tu::

AND.... yes, that sheath is VERY nice!!
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Post by herbva » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:46 am

Really nice work Dale! I really like your choice of an antler crown for the pommel. Much more creative and in-keeping with the style of the knife and much, much better looking than a plain old blob of aluminum. ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by dlr110 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:21 pm

Like everyone else has said that is some expert work. I wish I had the talent and knowledge to work on knives like you do. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more of your work.
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Post by Byrd » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:33 pm

As usual, great work Dale! That leathers interesting to work with isn't it?
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Post by orvet » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:21 pm

Thanks guys I appreciate the feedback.

The crown pommel was a bit of a challenge, this is first time I had used one. Mike, you are right buddy, ::tu:: it is a right handed knife. I did a lot of checking to be sure it was comfortable in my hand.
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As usual, great work Dale! That leathers interesting to work with isn't it?
Thanks Byrd, I enjoy working with the leather, both the rings and the sheaths. I am fortunate to had a shoe repair shop in my town that carries a nice selection of leather, leather tools, dyes, polishes and leather treatments. They sure do improve the look of the leather on the sheath and the handle. ::nod::


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Post by glennbad » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:20 pm

That really is quite nice, Dale! Another home run!!! ::tu::

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Post by Ivoryman » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:31 am

Looks great to me. Love the antler crown. Great job Dale.
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Post by WillyCamaro » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:08 am

As always Dale, wonderfully finished end product ::tu:: .
Yes yes yes, it shall give many more years of excellent service to the new (lucky) owner.
If it twill be the same for me, I shalt take a crack at learning the trade, this fall, after harvest, hopefully.
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Post by 1967redrider » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:15 pm

WOW Dale, that is excellent work! Great choice of crown stag, you really did this knife justice! ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by orvet » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:41 pm

Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments.
I have a other Marbles in the works. The knife is almost finished but I need to make the sheath yet.
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Post by Reverand » Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:58 am

That is an awesome look! Great choice! That crown pommel was well worth the extra effort.
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Post by Rossr » Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:31 am

That's a nice looking package and a great restore!

I also agree anyone can do this jump in and try. I think too many times we see great work and figure I cant do that. Truth us each one you work on gets better and before long you are doing great work too. Enjoy the journey have fun and try stuff

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