From the heyday of Marble’s

A classic old Marble’s poster, featuring some of their most well-known, classic offerings:



The DLT ‘Bushcraft AP’ Pouch

I picked up one of these sweet little DLT ‘Bushcraft AP (All Purpose)’ sheaths a while back, and felt that it was a worthy item to share with Classic Gear readers. Nothing revolutionary here, just a stout little leather pouch, built to withstand the elements. The thick leather sheath measures 4″ x 2″ and is the perfect size for all sorts of small items, such as fire or sharpening kits, a multi-tool or your favorite folding knife.

DLT’s ‘Bushcraft AP’ Sheath with EEP Finish.

It is available in standard leather, or with the ‘EEP” (Extreme Environmental Protection) treatment, which makes it impervious to water and harsh weather. Personally, I think the extra $10 for the EEP version is worth it. I have several EEP sheaths, and this treatment really takes the durability of leather to a whole new level.

With the grommets, this sheath can also “piggyback” onto other sheaths. A useful and versatile piece of gear.

The DLT ‘Bushcraft AP’ sheath is made by Sharpshooter Sheath Systems in Escanaba, MI.


The Trail Blazer Bucksaw

I am so thoroughly impressed with this product, from every possible angle, that it gets and “11” on my scale of 1 – 10.

It embodies everything I admire in a piece of outdoor gear:

It’s beautifully simple.

It’s well made, well thought-out and durable.

It does the job it’s designed for flawlessly.

When not in use, it’s compact and light and easy to strap to a backpack, bike, or whatever your preferred method of travel is.

It represents a great value for the investment ($30-$40)

Considering all of the above, I don’t know what more you can possibly ask from a piece of gear.

The Trail Blazer in action.

Once again, the beauty is in attention to the right details. The blade is tough, sharp Swedish steel. The tension rod is flattened at the end, so there is no chance of losing the wingnut. And once it’s all assembled and tightened, it is solid.

The only personal modifications I’ve made to my Trail Blazer are the addition of a little grip tape to the handle, and a bright piece of cord to the retaining clip, which could be easy to misplace otherwise.

Trail Blazer bucksaws are made in Canada, and are available in 18″ and 21″ models. To find out more about everything Trail Blazer Outdoor Products has to offer, go to this link.


The Sven Saw

I remember getting a cheap imitation of this type of saw as a kid, and having it fall apart on the first usage. Then, years later, I came across the real thing:


Despite my deep-seated skepticism based on that one childhood experience, I decided to give it a try.  And now the Sven is one of the essentials that gets dragged into the backcountry, lives in my drift boat, and goes with me on every road trip. It’s light and packs down perfectly to get strapped to the side pocket on a pack. Break it out and in seconds you’re seriously processing wood. The simplicity, sturdiness and efficient “get the job done” – ness of this saw makes it quintessential old timey gear that still kicks butt.  Link.