Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Webster Marble formed Gladstone Mfg. Co. in 1892. That company created the first folding Axe in 1893 which lead to the incorporation of Marble's Safety Axe Co. in 1898. The company became Marble Arms & Mfg. Co. in 1911 & enjoyed years of success until succumbing to a shut down of production in 1974. The brand was brought back to life in 1994 & enjoyed a grand rejuvenation that later gave way to another shutdown in 2009. Many great knives & tools were crafted over the company's storied history.
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Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Post by 1967redrider » Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:38 pm

I didn't see a thread that covered all Safety Axes, so I started this one. Here are original and reproduction ones I have picked up along the way, both No. 5's, with some info from Arni Dunathan's book, The Encyclopedia of Marble's Knives & Sporting Collectibles.


Post 'em if you got 'em. Hit me back if you have specific axes in question. 😉👍
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Re: Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Post by cody6268 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 9:03 pm

Marbles Black Composition Handle #3 Safety Axe (MR003) marketed by Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Blue Ridge associated dealers. I picked it up about 3 years ago from SMKW, and I don't know how long they made it, but it may be discontinued as I'm seeing few on eBay and SMKW is out of stock. MSRP was $30.

Said to be made in Canada, but I believe that at most, it was assembled there. I think it was made in China.

Steel is 440A (not a tough carbon steel), and both guard and handle are a lightweight nylon-based plastic. Roughly 24 ounces, and just short of a foot OAL. Head is about 4" long with a 2" bit.

I did accidentally crack the guard when I forgot to fold it out of the way before use. I put some Gorilla Tape on there, and it's held up, and it also keeps the cover from popping out when in use and folded back.
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I have used it extensively, but for the money, I'd recommend the Fiskars 10-inch. Same exact cost ($30), only slightly heavier, but a considerably bigger head and more handle (2 1/2 inches), as well as a removable plastic cover/carry handle. It's also made from a quality carbon tool steel. Despite the extra size, it's still a superlight packable hatchet that can get serious work done. The Marbles' reproduction I have is really a novelty.

My main complaint is that the handles are uncomfortable. The chequering is too aggressive, and it tears one's hands up when not wearing gloves.

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Re: Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Post by 1967redrider » Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:28 am

Nice review, cody. ::tu::

I had a housemate lock channel locks on a screwdriver once for more twisting leverage. The problem is, the locks left deep cuts in the plastic screwdriver handle, making it very uncomfortable to use without wearing gloves.
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Re: Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Post by ea42 » Mon Jun 27, 2022 5:30 pm

Nice examples guys! Here's a bunch from a display in our museum in Napanoch, NY:

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Post by 1967redrider » Mon Jun 27, 2022 6:19 pm

Awesome display, Eric. ::ds::

I need to swing by that museum sometime. I did get to see the NKCA museum set up in the SMKW building back around 2011, it was an awesome display.
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Post by Jacknifeben » Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:33 pm

My two with a old catalog.
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Post by 1967redrider » Tue Jun 28, 2022 1:03 pm

Those are awesome, Jkb. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Marble's Safety Axes, Old and Reproductions

Post by Miller Bro's » Fri Sep 16, 2022 7:13 am

Here's one, I have some safety folders also.
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Post by 1967redrider » Sat Sep 17, 2022 10:22 pm

Nice, Miller. ::tu:: ::tu::
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