The Kodiak was introduced in with the bi-directional glass and the aluminum lamination.
There were dozens of other bowyers who made Bear wooden bows, mostly the lower line lemonwood models such as the Ranger. The Grumley bow on the left is a Bush Bow, while the bow on the right is the Deerslayer model. Pewter was used inbrass was used in to and a nickel-silver medallion was placed on the riser from to The Polar and Kodiak were introduced in the following year, The compass required please breed my wife ificant amount of wood to be removed from the riser in order to be inlaid, and as a result caused the riser sections on many of these bows to fail.
If your all-wood bow says "Bear Archery", then it had to be manufactured after the early-mid forties and before Note - Although officially discontinued inseveral parts for these bows remained on the shelves at Bear, and a few "A" and "B" models were assembled in and Then in mid, the aluminum lamination was dropped.
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Bows made in the last few years will have the model name on them. The Grizzly kept the leather grip until Skilled workmanship, top quality material and precision machines resulted in a high demand for these well-crafted bows. Most all of us who grew up in the days before compounds saw Nhmbers and promotions everywhere we turned. The aluminum lamination on the Kodiak and Grizzly is found only in the inner lamination, surrounded by layers of maple and glass.
For this reason, you will find bows of a particular year with features of the year. However, on the Polar, the aluminum is found both under a layer of maple and glass, and on the outside lamination.
This aluminum laminated caused two problems. Note: Remember that the company was known as Bear Products untilso the "Bear Products by Grumley" bows were obviously made before those marked "Bear Archery by Grumley". Why the different means of ing the bows?
His body was cremated, and his ashes spread near the AuSable River in Northern Michigan, where he liked to flyfish. If the riser section of your K-II is very dark, then you have a walnut model. First, if your bow is all wood, meaning that there is no laminations of any kind, then your bow had to be made before the mass production beginning in Nels felt strongly that bows should be individually crafted, and not made by machine.
If your all wood bow has dating swinger stamp which says "Bear Products" in some form, then it had to be before the early-mid forties. Fred Bear sold the company to Victor Comptometer inbut seriak president.
These "Grumley by Grumley" bows are marked with a simple stamped ature "Grumley" either on the limb or on the riser, and are very scarce and excellent collector items. Obviously these bows were made in late before the medallions became available to the factory. This is the date of the patent only, and does nothing to date the bow itself.
Visit the Bear Archery website to date newer model bows. Even though bows were then largely the result of machine work, Bob came to be considered a fine bowyer in his mississippi massage parlor right. The "K" series of serial s for example KZ were started in The Bows of Bear Archery Without a doubt, Bear Archery Company has produced more traditional bows than all the other traditional bow companies combined.
Since then, Bear Archery has made many advancements while continuing to focus on quality.
These limbs can be found with both a white overlay in the limb tip, and with a red overlay. The pride in his craftsmanship is demonstrated in that each and every bow which Nels made is either stamped or ed with his name, along with the words "Bear Products by Grumley" or "Bear Archery by Grumley". The silk-screening appeared on all bows by the model vear.
Beginning inall Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type or another. Note - Using the medallions for dating bows is not an absolute rule with Bear bows, as sometimes the plant would just throw medallions in a bin and the bow maker would reach in and grab medallions which may have been from a year or two earlier.
The initial focus was on silk-screening and advertising support work for automotive companies. Even though bows were then largely the result of machine work, Bob came to be considered a fine bowyer in bos own right.
And as a result, many of us grew up with Bear bows in our hands for a good part of our lives. Secondly, the large amount of shock contributed to a large of bows delaminating.
A decal that says "Running Bear" on a wooden bow means it was made in The Grizzly also began production with the aluminum lamination, but very early in the aluminum was dropped due to the high reported breakage problems of these aluminum bows. Date your Bear bow by serial if it was made between and Note - An option from the factory on the Bear Take-Down was the Bear Premier Hunting sight, only listed in the catalog for first time anal lesbian "B" handles, and for the second and numers years of production.
How About Serial s for Dating? Search for any type of decal on the bow.