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    The Story Behind America’s First Hunting Knife

    The history of Marble’s knives and their impact on outdoor cutlery for the last 120 years

    In the years after the Civil War, “hunting” knives tended to follow one of three patterns—heavy-duty folders, traditional Bowie knives, and small utilitarian butchering type blades. Outdoor writers of the period all ridiculed the Bowies as being strictly, “Billy the Kid, dime-novel fantasies.” As for the butcher knives and the folders, they got the job done, but they didn’t have much flash. Then came Webster Marble.

    Marble almost singlehandedly turned the hunting knife into a must-have piece of outdoor gear for the well-turned-out sportsman. This started in 1899 with the Ideal model, which was available in a variety of blade lengths from 4 to 8 inches. While stag slabs were available at extra cost, most were handled in a feature pioneered by Marble—stacked leather washers. All had clip-point blades and a deeply-fullered edge grind (not a blood groove). Originally, the deep fuller was intended to allow the blade to be laid flat on a hone and sharpened something like a straight razor. Of course, the safety razor was soon to make the old cut-throats obsolete,
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    Marble made lots of goodies for sportspeople since the Jurassic period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootbrownelk View Post
    Marble made lots of goodies for sportspeople since the Jurassic period.
    I have an old Marbles that was in my dads stuff.
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    Marbles did make tang mounted peep sights for Marlin and Winchester lever action rifles. don't know if they still do. There are new Marbles knives for sale at our local gun shows. I'm always on the lookout for a tang mounted peep sight for my 1890 Winchester pump....that is reasonable in price.

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