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Vintage Marbles Safety Hatchet No 2 "Pocket Axe" in excellent minus condition. It has some hammer marks on the hammer head and is pitted but clean. It has tarnish on all the metal. This one has been sharpened and has some small marks on the head and metal handle. It has the small single metal rivet method of attaching the metal handle to the metal head.

It is marked MARBLE'S GLADSTONE, MICH. USA on the head as seen below in photo. Then on the safety guard arm it is marked MARBLE ARMS & MFG. CO. GLADSTONE, MICH. USA PAT'D 1898 as seen below in the first photo. It is 11-1/2" overall and is still very tight and very usable. The cutting edge is 2-1/4" wide.

It is complete with the lead edge protector in the guard and has a number 2 stamped in the back side of the head. The Bakelite grips are in excellent plus condition, showing no cracks anywhere. It has not been overly polished. It is the real deal and genuine article.

Marbles Safety Pocket Axe is a light hatchet with a unique blade guard that folds into a recess in the handle, eliminating the need for a sheath. I think this is the third model which was made after World War I and stopped during WWII. Circa 1918 to 1944. Not common. Looks like Marble knives and axes are no longer made in the USA as of Sept. 2009.


Safety guard closed on hatchet


Safety guard open in handle

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Vintage Marbles Safety Hatchet No 2 "Pocket Axe" in excellent minus condition. This is an earlier hatchet, as it has the small single metal rivet method of attaching the metal handle to the metal head. Bakelite grips. H000142 Sold

Recommended care: Never let the safety guard close without helping it cover the axe head. Close it slowly and do not let it snap shut. Keep a light covering of oil on the metal parts when in storage because it is mostly carbon steel. Never use a high speed grinder to sharpen the hatchet, sharpen slow with a Norton Axe/Hatchet Stone.

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