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seboomook
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Great thread, learning a lot here.
This is a '49-'50 alumilam grizzly with a wound on leather grip.
Is it a later replacement, or possibly original?

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Bjorn, that butcher block '59 is a beauty!!

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The profile of a '57 Grizz
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Side view of the tips - notice the extra tapered lamination to stiffen the tips up.
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And the '58 Grizzly (second up from the bottom)
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The '58 catalog (the reprint I have anyway) shows a wedge sightwindow, but all the '58 Grizzlies I've seen have the same sightwindow cutout as the '58 Kodiak. Has anyone seen a wedged window, or was that just from one of the first '58 Grizz proptypes?

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Wade Phillips
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seboomook - Nice looking 49-50 Grizzly.

From the photograph, the grip looks like a tennis wrap leather grip to me.

Although I have never seen any Bear documentation showing the tennis wrap grip, I have seen a few other 49-50 Bear bows with a tennis wrap grip.

I have a 1950 Kodiak K-2 with a red tennis wrap grip. K-2 was a 62" Kodiak, which I have never found in any Bear advertisement for 1950. The grip is not in real good shape. It has probably been on the bow since 1950, but I can not say for sure that it is original to the bow. Have also seen one other that has the same red tennis wrap grip, so it makes me wonder even more.

A real close look sometimes reveals some evidence of a previous grip, a glue line, lighter or darker wood, finish missing, etc.

Looking at a 49-50 Grizzly with a normal grip will give you a good idea about where to look for evidence of a previous grip that may have been on your bow.

Sometimes, it is just hard to tell if a grip is original to a bow. If the original grip was shot, the tennis wrap is an easier replacement for most bowmen than the normal 1949-50 Grizzly grip. There is a possibility that the bow was refinished in the early 1950s, by someone other than Bear, and all the evidence of an earlier grip was removed during refinishing. There is always the possibility of the lunch box special, or the special order or special favor for an eccentric customer who just has to have that tennis wrap on their bow. Lots of possible explanations.

Unless we find some documented evidence from the 1949-50 era, we may never know if the 1949-1950 tennis wrap grips were put on by Bear.

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Yes Wade, a closer look with the magnifier (thanks for that tip), shows a faint glue line above the serial number. Learning new terminology also, tennis wrap grip is much more descriptive.

Jeremy, all both (lol) of the '58s I've seen have the rounded site window. I'm guessing there was a transition wedge window from '57 like the Kodiaks?

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Wade Phillips
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seboomook - Your description of "wound on leather grip" is certainly accurate. Guess I always called it a tennis wrap grip because that is what I have seen on tennis rackets, I'm not even a tennis player so wouldn't be surprised to learn there are many different wraps in tennis racket handles...

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Wade Phillips
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Jeremy & seboomook -

Yes the 1958 Bear Catalog images of bows are "Non-Typical" from what is normally found by collectors... Boy, an entire book could probably be written about the 1958 Catalogs vs. the bows that were actually made... There are two different 1958 Catalogs (just found this out recently, who knows there may be more then two) and both known versions show the three bows, Kodiak Special, Kodiak and Grizzly the same from what I have been able to determine...

However, the images of these three bows in the catalogs are very different than the bows we collectors normally find for 1958...

Confusing.... YES !!! ... Oh, YES, but that is part of what makes collecting these old Bears so much fun, discovering the previously undocumented variations and inconsistencies... "Going where no man has ever gone before"... The continual Learning experience of collecting and the joy of sharing the information with others who have similar interests, and each bit of additional information building on the foundation of the previous bit of documented information... truly an "on going eduction" for all...

The 1958 Grizzly on page 7 has a wedge sight window, but we accept the rounded sight window as being the "Typical" 1958 Grizzly.

While most are "Typical", at least one "Non-Typical" was made and featured in the 1958 Catalog...

If anyone has a "Non-Typical" 1958 Grizzly as shown in the 1958 Catalog, please post photographs of it both un-strung and strung...

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What a great thread [clapper] [clapper]

Thanks for the ID Guide fellas and the eye candy is "all good" also.

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Holy Dogleg Batman, this Husky wasn't inexpensive... 280390719682

The Greyhound a few days ago, 170374484224, was a c-note less.

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Here is a old 1959 Bear Grizz.. it said 62" but some one cut it down to 58"

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Here's an oddball '58 Kodiak I thought I would show y'all.Not sure if I should post it on this thread about the tennis wrapped grip or the odd length thread of the 64" 1959 Grizzly.Got this bow awhile ago,turns out it's a 1958 Kodiak with a tennis wrapped grip and in the odd length(for a '58 Kodiak)of 62".I showed it with another '58 Kodiak I got years ago.It's a 56" Kodiak that I got from a former employee of Bear.It originally had the same type tennis wrap grip on it when I got it but I sold it and eventually got it back.The guy I sold it to took off the tennis grip and found a quiver insert underneath.He re-wrapped it more like most Kodiaks are found with a single,large piece of leather wrapped around the grip.Notice too that both these bows are missing the dark laminate stripe on both sides of the riser that is usually found on most all other '58 Kodiaks I have seen.I don't have one to show,maybe someone else does.Just some more oddball bows from Grayling.
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1963 Dogleg Grizzly's
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Love that bubinga sight window !
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Is there a chance that a '60 would have the 2 chevrons. I just recieved what I was told was a '60, with glass tips and 2 chevron riser.

Do I now have 2 '59's? [scared] [saywhat]

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come on kenny no pics? [bigsmyl] <><

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