I was planning to drive up there this coming Saturday, and the Marbles 8” was one of the exact knives I wanted to check out so I called them earlier this morning. Apparently they don’t have them on display, but they do have them in stock in the warehouse. (Makes very little sense to me, but they didn’t ask my opinion of their marketing strategy...)Mabu Khan said:Well I was at AG's today.
They didn't have too much of the older style big bowies out on display.
No Marbles 8" Ideal out; just the Russel 1861 Bowie and the OVB Fisk Southwest Bowie...
The Marbles Trailmaker, the 1861, the Fox Gold Rush, and the Bagwell Plainsman were others I hoped to check out, but they don’t carry the Trailmaker for some reason, and they’re out of stock on the Plainsman. (I really wanted to try the Plainsman, as it has a 5/16” thick blade, like the cold steel Trailmaster does.) The 1861 was out of my price range anyway, and the Gold Rush has only a 3/16" thick blade, so they weren't serious considerations.
I’ve looked for a couple weeks now, since before posting here, and have discovered that Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Alexander, Sherwood (including their new Gander Mountain store), Jacksonville, Cabot, Beebe, and Searcy all have one thing in common: they have not one grown-up knife anywhere in the city except for two of the "Western" brand Bowie knives I've found.
Regardless, I figure to head up that way this Saturday and probably pick up the 8” Marbles “Ideal” version. It’s not perfect, but it seems awfully good. (Odds are, someday I’ll order a Trailmaster as well. :dgrin: ) Just have to decide whether to go with the stag or burl maple handle on the Marbles...
They don’t look overly large, but the smaller knife in the picture is a 6” blade, same length as the Buck 119 I’m using now.
(So what'cha doin' Saturday, Mabu...? If you're going to be around Rogers, I'll buy you a cup of coffee.)
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