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I bought an old marbles ideal 5" off of ebay. I got a good deal on it and it holds an edge like a razor. It is be a collectible and I take care of it, but it seems unfair to keep it out of the woods where it belongs. I usually carry two knives though one small sharp folder for intricate cuts and the marbles for the rest.
 

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Stopped in and visited with Kris at RRK this past weekend. My buddy is doing some concrete work for him and had to get him a price, so we looked around while he figured that out.

Lots of great knives there and always something new coming out.

Good People, Good Knives.
 

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products. I dont care for the Chinese stuff, much like the NEW Schrade products [from China]. The folding Marbles knives are made by Rough Rider [Chinese] at a 3rd of the cost. Just make sure you look at the packaging before purchase to insure you have the US made products.
Case gets my money for the folding knives.....NONE better.
 

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What are the blades made in China and the handles made in Michigan or are the whole thing made in china and Marble just puts there name on it. I bought a Marble for my wife about 5 yrs. ago from a knife show. When did mable stop making there own blades.
 

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What are the blades made in China and the handles made in Michigan or are the whole thing made in china and Marble just puts there name on it. I bought a Marble for my wife about 5 yrs. ago from a knife show. When did mable stop making there own blades.
It started with the folding knives. Now some of the fixed blades are made there I am told. The Chinese stuff usually comes in an orange color box, whereas the US fixed blades were in Marbles boxes with wildlife on the front and of better grade packaging. Best bet is to inquire with the seller. When those Chinese folders came out I saw dealers TRYING to sell them at 50.00 ea............oh boy! talk about gouging.
 

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The best Marbles Knife is made by Wolverine Knife (Rapid River) www.wolverineknifeworks.com as they are made on location or find a used one that is several years old. I wasn't aware that made any in the US anymore, but if that's the case take a look and compare to Wolverine, they're right down the road. As nimrod says they used to work at Marbles and make a great product. I have purchased 6 or 7 from them and they are very high quality. Plus I think they either do advertise or did advertise on this site.
 

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US made. Still like their patterns best. As with any company, its about profits.....but most at the gun shows want "cheap" so they got what they asked for and now they dont like the new Chinese stuff.....They want the Made in US stuff at Chinese prices....just doesnt work that way, if you want quality knives one must pay for them. Waiting on my Damascus Case folder and Case Stag Trapper to arrive. Quality is worth the money.
 

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Yup, skip Marbles and go for a Rapid River! I've got two that haven't let me down.....unlike a few Gerber's and Marble's.
 

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Not that I don't believe you guys, but I wanted to hear from the source. So I email Marble to ask them about there knives and were they are made. Here is there response:

Our "Classic Series" fixed blade hunting knives are all made In Gladstone, Michigan USA and clearly marked. Our pocket knives are made to exacting standards of high quality material in China and are identified on the blade.

For what it is worth.
 

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sir mendalot said:
...for fieldressing a deer?
Our "Classic Series" fixed blade hunting knives are all made In Gladstone, Michigan USA and clearly marked. Our pocket knives are made to exacting standards of high quality material in China and are identified on the blade.

Well if that's the case and you have your heart set on owning a Marbles Knife look at the Sport model. I have one similar that I bought at Marbles a number of years ago and it was made very well. I don't know if they are the same today(but I don't see why not). I tend to lean towards drop point blades, but you may have another preference.
 

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Like I said the Ideal and Woodcraft are US made and a couple I collect. Look at the folding knives made in China, they are the same ones made by Rough Rider.....better yet come to the gun show and I can show you sometime. Identical knives, different boxes and one says Marbles on it lol.
 

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For what it's worth, I have an old Marble's pin compass. It was my Grandpa's when he hunted. Still holds true. If they are made in the US, then you should get many years of use and enjoyment.
 

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I really like the Leather handled Plainsman. It is a classic design that is reaaly sweet. That is the model I gave out this year (laser engraved) for the Michigan Bowhunter members who earned their Master Bowhunter award.

Dan
 

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As I recall, the best Marbles knives (the older ones) were actually stamped "Gladstone MI" or something similar. Since the company changed hands (or whatever transition it went through), I beleive the new "cheapend" knives lack the Gladstone stamp on the blade.

I think this is the best way to identify a classic marbles from a chinese one.
-Andrew
 

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As I recall, the best Marbles knives (the older ones) were actually stamped "Gladstone MI" or something similar. Since the company changed hands (or whatever transition it went through), I beleive the new "cheapend" knives lack the Gladstone stamp on the blade.

I think this is the best way to identify a classic marbles from a chinese one.
-Andrew
The "Gladstone" was on the knife blade. They are still made in the U.S. although the "Gladstone" is not on the blade. Not quite sure you know what "cheapened" is about. The did "outsource" the folders to China and can be readily identified by the box.
The fixed blades still come from the U.P. However, some of the Safe Grips are "outsourced" [I am told].
Although, your comment fits the consumer mindset of wanting the brand at a lower price!
 

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Marble's Sportsman 72. In my opinion the only fixed blade ever stamped by marbles that's practical for all aspects of dressing and skinning a deer. It has a 4" blade that's only about 3/4" wide. Perfect for cutting around the bunghole. The rest are for collectors or jokers who want to carry something big on their hip to overcompensate for being short in the pants. I'd recommend stacked leather over stag handle as stag can get slippery when bloodied. They stopped making these knives in the late seventies but produced a few more around 1996-98 from some blanks they found in an outbuilding behind the shop. There are still a few around if you look hard enough.
 
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