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Little Beauty from 1961

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Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Arcobsessed 13-Nov-17
George D. Stout 13-Nov-17
Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Cameron Root 13-Nov-17
Mpdh 13-Nov-17
S.M.Robertson 13-Nov-17
White Falcon 13-Nov-17
2 bears 13-Nov-17
LightPaw 13-Nov-17
GUTPILE PA 13-Nov-17
Desperado 13-Nov-17
Bob Rowlands 13-Nov-17
Kodiak 13-Nov-17
Kodiaktd 13-Nov-17
TGbow 13-Nov-17
longbeauxman 13-Nov-17
Brad Lehmann 13-Nov-17
hawkeye in PA 13-Nov-17
Dry Bones 13-Nov-17
Frisky 13-Nov-17
WildernessBuck 13-Nov-17
Knifeguy 13-Nov-17
Babbling Bob 14-Nov-17
Pdiddly 14-Nov-17
K Cummings 14-Nov-17
Knifeguy 14-Nov-17
papabear 14-Nov-17
BOWDAWG 14-Nov-17
George D. Stout 14-Nov-17
Threeundr 14-Nov-17
mangonboat 14-Nov-17
Bernie Bjorklund 14-Nov-17
MStyles 14-Nov-17
Brad Lehmann 15-Nov-17
Kodiak 15-Nov-17
Will tell 15-Nov-17
Knifeguy 15-Nov-17
Knifeguy 15-Nov-17
Burly 15-Nov-17
Nemah 15-Nov-17
throwback 15-Nov-17
Brad Lehmann 15-Nov-17
Pdiddly 15-Nov-17
From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17

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I just got this 1961 Bear Kodiak Magnum from a friend last week. Got her cleaned up and put a rest on it. The strike plate is original to the bow. Always wanted one of these first year production bows. It will be shot later today when I finish the string. Thanks for letting me share. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17

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Another...

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17

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Full profile. Thanks. Lance

From: Arcobsessed
Date: 13-Nov-17




What a beauty. Like it just came off the factory floor. Congratulations on a fine acquisition!

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Nov-17




That's the same year K.M. (first year) that Chuck Kroll is using in "The Oldest Game" video from Bear. It's a beauty, Lance.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17

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These are going on an original Bear Dacron string made for this bow. Lance.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17

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And strung. I'm going to work my way from 8" B/H to find the sweet spot. Lance.

From: Cameron Root
Date: 13-Nov-17




Wow

From: Mpdh
Date: 13-Nov-17




Bow sure doesn’t look like it’s 56 yrs old.

MP

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 13-Nov-17




Great looking bow. My favorite 52" bow. The Oldest Game Bear video the best. Todays videos/ shows cheap fenced in baited animals.

From: White Falcon
Date: 13-Nov-17




Nice!

From: 2 bears
Date: 13-Nov-17




Very nice and just my draw weight too. >>>----> Ken

From: LightPaw
Date: 13-Nov-17




Sweet!

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 13-Nov-17




I like it!!!

From: Desperado
Date: 13-Nov-17




Lance... There must be a mistake...I am pretty sure your friend wanted to send the bow to me ....but I might be wrong!!!! :) :) Very Cool !!! Congratulations !!! "Whitie"

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 13-Nov-17




Looks powerful. Good score.

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Nov-17




The 61 is a great bow. It's the same design as the '62 but with different wood and glass. The '61 sports the nicest tips of any mag, hands down no contest.

Glass problems that year but if you can find a clean one they're tough to beat.

From: Kodiaktd
Date: 13-Nov-17




Nice 1961 Kodiak Magnum. I like the african rosewood riser and green glass.

From: TGbow
Date: 13-Nov-17




Nice!

From: longbeauxman
Date: 13-Nov-17




Very nice Lance.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 13-Nov-17




Someone has done some great finish work on that bow. Lucky you. I have a '61 in the shop now that was rough but cheap. I should finish working on it this week.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 13-Nov-17




I like it.

From: Dry Bones
Date: 13-Nov-17




Very Nice Bow. Gotta ask the question. Do the brush nocks on the end of the string help very much? Sort of a string silencer when they contact the limbs?

-Bones

From: Frisky
Date: 13-Nov-17




Bones- I'll answer the brush button comment of yours. Yes, the "super" size brush buttons, when the brace height is properly adjusted, are all you need for a deadly quiet bow. I'm talking about the old beige buttons as shown here. I also use the Kwikee silencers on one bow, but I cut the arms shorter and cut slits, lengthwise, into them.

Joe

From: WildernessBuck
Date: 13-Nov-17




I have always had a soft spot for Kodiak mags,that one of yours is a beauty for sure.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Nov-17




Thanks for the nice comments. This bow is in such great shape because my friend took such great care of it. The credit for it's condition is all his. All I did is clean it and wax it. He told me that the bow hadn't been shot in a long time. Until today! It's a shooter for sure. Lance.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Nov-17




Wow wow wow! Liked the looks of that bow when I first saw it in an Archery magazine when it came out.

So much so, I saved some money and bought a '62 K Mag the following year. Sure loved that bow and bet you will really enjoy that one too.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 14-Nov-17




Nice bow Lance...I have a BCY-X string on mine and it really whistles an arrow. That riser looks like bubinga to me...what do you think? Oh, does it have the i-beam in the riser? Does not appear to but hard to see from the pics.

From: K Cummings
Date: 14-Nov-17




1961 was a great year (the year of my birth).

:)

That looks awesome Knifeguy, I especially like the vintage Kwikee accessories.

That is exactly how that bow might have been setup back in the day. Especially for a Michigander.

KPC

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Nov-17




Peter, It's rosewood and doesn't have an I-beam. If I'm not happy with the stock string I'll make a B55 for it. Lance

From: papabear
Date: 14-Nov-17




Sure hate to rain on the parade but are you sure bow was not refinished ? Script doesn't look factory and side plate is a repo.

From: BOWDAWG
Date: 14-Nov-17




If original should have a gloss finish

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Nov-17




Bear had about three dozen or more bowyers, along with myriad finishers so the lettering was not just done by one person...and it was hand done. They also were turning out about 30,000+/- of those K.M.'s per year. Looks like the real deal to me. If they replaced the side plate, that really doesn't matter either. Great bow.

From: Threeundr
Date: 14-Nov-17




That's a beauty and an awesome find. Enjoy that one.

-Leonard-

From: mangonboat
Date: 14-Nov-17




Nice friend, nice bow, Lance. Few things are more enjoyble than taking a long morning stroll with an old K Mag in a fun-to-shoot weight and a quiver full of arrows. Bunnies beware!

From: Bernie Bjorklund
Date: 14-Nov-17




Wow, that's a beautiful bow! You'll enjoy it a lot!

Bernie

From: MStyles
Date: 14-Nov-17




It’s a stunner Lance, beautiful wood.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 15-Nov-17




I am 95% certain that the bow has been refinished. There are some tell tale indicators of a refinish that this bow exhibits three of. We had an interesting discussion on one of the Bear Facebook pages this past weekend. One of the largest collectors in the nation was calling a finish original and I said refinish. I ended up buying the bow just to find out.

From: Kodiak
Date: 15-Nov-17




Well, were you right? lol

I think this particular bow is probably refinished too, it looks a little flat/satiny. Looks great though, either way. Wish I had it.

From: Will tell
Date: 15-Nov-17




That's a nice one, 42 pounds us a perfect weight.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 15-Nov-17

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Ok, I'll try to settle some things here. It has a gloss finish, it may be the camera. I was incorrect before by saying that it doesn't have an I-beam construction: it does but I had to get it into natural light to see it, it matches that well! I just tried to call my friend, who bought the bow in 1961 to see if it's been refinished. No answer, so I'll let you know later after I speak to him. Meanwhile, what do you think of this new photo? Period correct quiver and Bear Converta Point arrows, or no? All help is appreciated and discussion is always a great way to learn something new. Thanks. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 15-Nov-17




I just talked to my friend, that I bought this bow from, who purchased the bow new in 1961, and was informed that it has never been refinished. He doesn't remember if the strike plate was replaced or not but I concur that it looks more like a reproduction that an original. Thanks, Lance.

From: Burly
Date: 15-Nov-17




Sweet.

From: Nemah
Date: 15-Nov-17




Great bow lance! Richard

From: throwback
Date: 15-Nov-17




She's a beauty Lance, congrats. I'm feeling a little green, lol.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 15-Nov-17




He must have kept it wrapped up in a blanket in a dark closet for it to look that nice. I have a few bows from the early sixties that the finish is flawless on. I do wish that I knew how they were stored. Some of the bows that I purchased five or six years ago have gone downhill quite fast just hanging on my walls.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 15-Nov-17

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Here's the I-Beam on mine one the right. They did some in purpleheart. 1962 on the left.

Very glad your bow has one Lance...they had issues with the earlier risers but yours will be a strong with that piece of wood in there.

That is nice wood on that bow...like to see more pics of the off-side.

Really like the quiver combo! Classic!





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