Obviously these bows were made in late 1958 before the medallions became available to the factory. Even though bows were then largely the result of machine work, Bob came to be considered a fine bowyer in his own right. Please contact us and we will do our best to make you satisfied, please do not leave a negative feedback. According to research done by Al Reader of New Jersey, who by the way is considered by most to be the most knowledgeable Bear collector alive, serial numbers work very well for dating Bear bows, but only for the years 1965-1969 when the first digit of the serial number is the year of manufacture. Walnut appeared in the earliest bows and maple followed after a short time. United States and Vatican City.
This original quiver, made of soft sheepskin, was available only in a 3 arrow model, was made from 1946 through 1956. The limbs are removed easily and snap in tight. There appears to be much variation in wood combinations during these two years. This sight was factory installed in the sight window of the bow. Bear Archery was founded by Fred Bear and Charles Piper in Detroit Michigan in 1933 as the Bear Products Company. Little chip below the tip. Bear Archery Kodiaks 1950-1966 In my desire to compile the most complete and accurate information available referencing Bear Archery equipment, I knew that when it came time to approach the subject of the Kodiak line of bows there was only one place to go.
Then why are they so hard to find? A design flaw caused quite a few of these to break but bows are individuals and I have a 60 dogleg that was being shot when I acquired it. There are no current books on the market that can help identify even the age of most old bows. I will be happy to answer. The finish is glossy and really shines. A quick way to gather information is to go to one of the larger traditional shoots that are becoming common all across the country.
Again, Fred insisted that the warranty on these bows be honored and all returns were replaced with another bow. From 1968 to today, Bear has changed ownership a half-dozen times. Not all Bear bows made in these early years were made by Nels. The coins were all flush with the wood until 1972. A string is not included.
The Super Razorhead was introduced in 1978, and the era of the old lime-green Razorhead came to a close. Beginning in 1955-56 Bear began using the silk-screened logo shown on the far right. How About Serial Numbers for Dating? Some bows that were blemished were camouflage painted, or even painted the color the limbs were supposed to be. Today this watch holds a place of honor in my collection unlike few other items I possess. Notice the difference in the ferrule ends, and the vents among the different years. This glass change apparently occurred around serial number 5000. Being free from any chips or cracks.
There are some knowledgeable collectors that are willing to help the newcomer with information and maybe even a bow or two. Please pay for your item asap or within 3 days or contact me if needed. The walnut bows were made only for the first 2-3 months of 1954, before being replaced by maple in mid-year. The last year for the Grayling, Michigan bows was 1978 when the entire plant was moved to the current Florida location. Writing is best as I'm away so much.
The early Bear Archery catalogs were not dated, but numbered. Fred chose beautiful rosewood for his classic 1959 model Kodiak. I am open to any and all new ideas from other collectors. Of the bows which I have seen over the years, the only bowyer who I would put in the same class as Grumley would be James D. How many Bear Take-Downs were actually made? Then in later columns, we can get into the details of particular items. The coins were all flush with the wood until 1972.
If you live in another country email us to see if we can ship to you. This is a relist due to ebay member making offer but not making payment. Read this article about for more information about these variations. We Cannot Reimburse Return Shipping Costs. Fred sold the company in 1968 to Victor Comptometer so that he could raise the needed capitol to grow the company even more. Lot's of questions arise, but few answers are available.
Check for breaks or cracks that may evolve into a break. Instant identity for every model Bear bow. Looks can be deceiving and that may be the case with the 1964 Kodiak. The Grizzly kept the leather grip until 1964. Prior to 1965, the serial numbers for all Bear bows were started over every month, making these bows almost impossible to date by serial number alone. The scabbards on the first 25 sets which were produced beginning in 1951 probably did not have a logo or brand mark on them at all, while the scabbard had the small Running Bear logo from the first sets in 1957 until somewhere in the mid-1960s.
There are absolutely no crack in bow. The Super Kodiak replaced it in the 1967 ½ Bear catalog. Nels was a fantastic craftsman, and his skills were reflected in the quality of the bows he made. Very tight and complete quiver. I will be focusing on old sites and target bow stuff like old stabilizers, levels, etc.