The Ideal knife tang stamp and handle material dates this knife to circa 1905. Awesome, vintage Marbles Safety Axe Co, Made in Gladstone, USA, is a very high quality, fixed blade knife. This model is hard to find in this condition with the gutta percha handles. Gutta percha handles show a leaping buck/stag on the front side, and MARBLE SAFETY AXE CO GLADSTONE MICH USA on the rear side. Handles are in good condition, checkering is crisp.
One small crack on the front side, and 2 small cracks on the rear side, see photos. Blade is in good condition, with some wear from age and use. Some small flecks of discoloration and freckling can be seen. Evidence of sharpening can be seen. Large 1/2 pommel nut, and 3 line MSA Co stamp on the ricasso.Knife measures 10-1/2" long with a 5-15/16" blade (measured from the tip to the guard). A little history on Marbles. Marbles was founded by Webster Marble in the early 1900's. Webster was a true innovator of his time, helping to shape the outdoorsman industry with his inventions.
He oversaw quality control, and had very rigid standards, which made all of his products superior than any others on the market at the time. A couple of his most famous inventions are the Safety Axe, (which allowed an outdoorsman to carry a hatchet/axe on his belt without injuring his body), and the waterproof match safe (which prevented matches from getting wet, and potentially saving the life of a cold and wet outdoorsman).
He also patented the now famous handle pattern made with stacked leather discs. Another invention was the IDEAL knife, created to suit the needs of Webster himself. This knife was strong, lightweight, and durable. Many have copied the design of this knife, but the quality of their copies had a lot to be desired. I have a huge assortment of knives that are perfect for collectors.
Just search through my other listings by clicking here. There is something for everyone! If you're looking for even more collectible knives. All bone handles are derived from bovine bone unless otherwise noted. All stag handles are derived from deer or elk stag unless otherwise noted.
Horn handles are derived from ram or buffalo unless otherwise noted. The item "RARE 1905 MSA Co 6 IDEAL Knife GUTTA PERCHA Leaping Stag Marble's 6068-PPX" is in sale since Monday, August 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Fixed Blade Knives\Vintage Fixed Blade Knives\Factory Manufactured". The seller is "blessbil" and is located in Canton, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.