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.fulldraw said: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.
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.sir mendalot said:...for fieldressing a deer?
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.lang49 said: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.