From what I've seen in buying 15-20 knives in the last year or so is that older Marbles knives that were prouduced in the U.S. are popular still and were well made. The newer Marbles seem to be produced overseas now (as many other makes) and are very similar (the same?) as other brands made in China. I do own some very nice knives that are made in China, such as a subsidiary of Puma Brand, but I've not purchased one of the newer Marbles.
Older, American made Marble Knives are collectible and will be priced accordingly. Some, like an early Ideal, I've seen priced up around $1,000.
I have two of the Chinese made ones, a Cowboy sheath knife, and a two bladed pocket knife.
The fixed blade, as t.r. noted above, is well assembled and the stainless steel blade is a good grade.
I am a knife aficionado, I have American, German, Japanese, and Swedish blades in my accumulation, and will probably add another Marbles. Or two.
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