Marble’s Safety Hunting Knife
Around 1902 Marble’s Knives started marketing their “Safety Hunting Knife,” an improved version of the older long blade/short handle folder concept. On the Marble’s, a metal edge-guard extended beyond the handle to protect the user from the blade when the knife was folded. When the blade was opened, the guard was manually folded into the handle to form the blade lock. All of Safety Hunters also had a double hand-guard that swung into place as the knife was opened. The Safety Hunting Knife ended up being a fairly complicated folder, slow to open, expensive to make, and relatively fragile. Like many of the company’s more exotic models, it was dropped from the line around WW II.