in Gladstone, Michigan, to produce his universal rifle sight, the first of his many inventions.
Marble also designed and manufactured compasses, matchboxes and pocket axes, but his hunting knives are his most significant invention to collectors of vintage knives.
The characteristics of vintage Marble knives were original to the cutlery industry and would become the standard in producing quality outdoor knives.
A solid and reliable knife is standard gear for hunters, outdoorsmen, campers, hikers, handymen, hobbyists and many others - not to mention police and military users.
Shopping trusted sites & trusted knife dealers is something we highly recommend to all beginner & intermediate collectors.Whether you're out hunting, whittling in your workshop or just driving in your car, knives are a great tool to have on-hand for any number of situations.We are pleased to have a large selection of , big and small, folders and fixed blades, with more being added all the time!Keep in mind that a knife’s tang stamp alone cannot be relied upon for a 100% positive identification of age.There are counterfeits out there, so knowing other details about knives of various eras is also important. The blade is marked "James Ryals & Co Ltd / Sheffield". Buck knives made prior to 1968 were marked just "Buck". The blade is 5 7/8" long and marked "Buck" at the ricasso. There is a date on top of the original box of 1962 and I would think that was when this knife was made. This is the rare (only 500 made) parkerized version made for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. The black parkerizing is the same that Camillus used on their Mark 2's and M3's. Aprox 180 knives were made in 1967 with 150 of them being sent to Vietnam in August 1968. This exact knife is pictured on page 129 of Mike Silvey's Military Pocket Knife Book. In 1892, Webster Marble started Gladstone Manufacturing Co.The company grew to be foremost manufacturer of gun sights, competing with rivals such as Lyman, Redfield, Pacific, King, and Williams gun sight companies.As most of you know, part of the enjoyment of collecting military knives is in the sharing of information with your fellow collectors. The blade is 7 3/4" long and marked "Bone / Lubbock, Tex." inside his trademark Dogbone mark at the ricasso. The sheath is unmarked, but no doubt made by Johnson (who made sheaths for Randall). The models shown have been developed since the late 1930's from our personal experience, extensive research and the study of hundreds of designs submitted by individuals around the world.Each of our models have been thoroughly field-tested.