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Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:38 pm

This basic guide is designed to aid in identifying production Kodiaks from 1950-1966. Although some lengths listed are not shown in the Bear Catalog for that year, all lengths listed do actaully exist.

Not shown are experimental Kodiaks and the many factory variations of normal production bows.

1950-1953 Kodiak - Static Recurves

1950 - 62", 64", 66" - Woven Glass Back, Alum Lam under Maple Belly
1951 - 62", 64", 66" - Blond Glass Back, Alum Lam under Maple Belly
1952 - 62", 64", 66" - Blond Glass Back & Belly
1953 - 62", 64", 66" - Red Glass Back & Belly
1953-1/2 - 64" - Red Glass Back & Belly, Double Shelf (other lengths may exist)
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Re: Bear Kodiak Identification Guide - 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:39 pm

1954-1956 Kodiaks - Double Shelf - Early Working Recurves

1954 - 56", 60", 64", 68" - Tan Glass, Walnut Riser
1954 - 56", 60", 64", 68" - Tan Glass, Maple Riser
1954-1/2 - 60", - Tan Glass, Maple Riser, (other lengths may exist)
1955 - 56", 60", 64" - Brown Glass, Water Transfer Decals
1956 - 56", 60", 64" - Brown Glass, Silk Screens
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Re: Bear Kodiak Identification Guide - 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:40 pm

1957-1958 Kodiaks - Single Shelf - Early Working Recurves

1957 - 56", 60", 64" - Brown Glass, Single Shelf
1957 - 56", 60", 64" - White Glass, Single Shelf, Indented Belly
1958 - 56", 60", 64" - White Glass, Protruding Belly, Scalloped Sight Window
1958 - 56", 60", 64" - White Glass, Protruding Belly, Rounded Sight Window
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Re: Bear Kodiak Identification Guide - 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:40 pm

1959-1960 Kodiaks - Brown Glass Back, Carmel Belly

1959 - 60", 64" - Bubinga Sight Window, Brown/Red/White Overlays
1959 - 60", 64" - Dark Rosewood Sight Window, Brown/Red/White Overlays
1959 - 56", 60", 64" - Maple Sight Window, Brown/Red/White Overlays
1959 - 56", 60", 64" - Purple Heart Sight Window, Red/White Overlays
1960 - 56", 60", 64" - Rosewood Sight Window, Black/White Overlays
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Re: Bear Kodiak Identification Guide - 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:42 pm

Kodiak Deluxe 1960

1960 - 56," 60", 64" & 64" Wedge Sight Window, Clear Glass
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Re: Kodiak Identification Guide - 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:35 pm

1961-1966 Kodiaks

1961 - 60" - Green Glass
1962 - 60" - Gray Glass
1963 - 60" - Gray Glass, Dogleg
1964 - 60" - Gray Glass, Horn Back, Solid Riser
1965 - 60" - Olive Gray Glass, Horn Back, Angle Stripe Riser
1966 - 60", 64" - Brown Glass, Horn Back, Angle Stripe Riser
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby kurtbel5 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:28 pm

Thanks Wade
These model/yr manuals are a great resource to ID my bows.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby portugeejn » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:08 am

Thank you Wade for sharing this.

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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:27 am

Kurt & Ron glad you find this useful.

Hopefully other bowmen who collect different types of bows will add similar guides showing text and a bow from each year to aid in bow identification.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:33 am

Wade,
As noted these ID guides are a great resource. Thank you.

Questions:
Re: '59 Kodiaks --what is most common riser/I-beam wood combination? Least common?

Re: '65 & 66 Kodiaks -- besides the 'Happy Scrounger" noted in another thread, are there other wood variations/combinations in these years?

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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:52 am

Yule,

Glad you find the ID guides useful.

Purpleheart is the most common sight window wood for the 1959 Kodiak. Maple is the next most common. The dark Rosewood is extremely rare, I have seen less then a dozen. Bubinga is the rarest as I have only ever seen two with Bubinga sight windows.

I have not really kept track of the different riser woods for the 1965 and 1966 Kodiaks. I don't seriously collect all variations of the 1963 to 1966 Kodiaks but have examples from each year just to make the collection complete.

My real interest in collecting and using vintage archery tackle ends in 1960, but have stretched that to other years to include tackle to complete collections of items or to run to the end an era.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:58 pm

Wade,
sorry to be so full of questions, thank you for being so accomodating....

Wade Phillips wrote:Purpleheart is the most common sight window wood for the 1959 Kodiak. Maple is the next most common. The dark Rosewood is extremely rare, I have seen less then a dozen. Bubinga is the rarest as I have only ever seen two with Bubinga sight windows.
Looking at your pic of the '59's I have a couple of more questions:
1) The "sandwich woods" appear to be (on the 4- '59's) from l to r: Rosewood, Shedua (or Cocobola?), Shedua (or Cocobola?) and Bubinga. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
2) From what you have seen then is purpleheart sight window w/ bubinga "sandwich wood" the most common?
3) Are there many (or any) '59 w/ 60/40 risers?
4) the bubinga sight window '59 appears to have no serial # or specs --on opposite side maybe? Or?

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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:06 pm

Seneca Archer wrote: .
1)... The "sandwich woods" appear to be (on the 4- '59's) from l to r: Rosewood, Shedua (or Cocobola?), Shedua (or Cocobola?) and Bubinga. Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Yule, There is no Cocobola or Shedua in any 1959 Kodiaks that I have ever seen.

Guess, I should try to explain with a little more detail...

All 1959 Kodiaks that I have seen have a riser made of three pieces of wood. Two Brazilian Rosewood Slabs on the outside.. then in the center is a third lamination, which we call an I-Beam. The I-Beam is made of one of the four different woods. These four woods can be seen in the sight windows as shown in the photograph below....

Left to right as shown and labeled in the photograph...

Bubinga Sight Window - (I have only seen two, both are now refinished)
Rosewood Sight Window (Dark Brazilian Rosewood like 1958 Specials) - (I have seen less than a dozen)
Maple Sight Window - (rare, but a few come up for sale each year)
Purpleheart Sight Window - 90%+ of 1959 Kodiaks that I have seen, have this wood in the sight window
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:35 pm

Yule -

Sorry, but missed answering your question #4 ... The Bubinga sight window '59 is refinished, that is why the Rosewood is so dark. It is the only refinished bow in the photograph of 1959 Kodiaks. The numbers are written on the opposite side as the bow is actaully left hand. I flipped the photograph of that one bow in this image to attempt to make the image more consistent and understandable...

This is the Dark Rosewood used in the 1958 Kodiak Special Sight Window...

This is the same Dark Rosewood that was used in the Sight Windows of some 1959 Kodiaks, as mentioned and shown above.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:38 pm

Wade,
So all '59's (inc those pictured) have Brazilian Rosewood for "slabs" w/ differing I-beam woods, & there are no known 60/40 risers.

So is the '60 in the same picture light Brazilian rosewood between 2 darker pieces of same?
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:38 pm

Yule -

I'm careful to say that "all 1959 Kodiaks THAT I HAVE SEEN are made with risers with three pieces of wood.

Simply because I have not seen nor heard of a 1959 Kodiak with a 60/40 riser, it doesn't mean that some don't exist or that you don't have one already.

I've never heard of anyone with one, have you?

Yes, the 1960 Kodiak in the same photograph has three pieces of Brazilian Rosewood.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:36 am

Wade,

Thanks for your insight.

No I don't know of any 60/40 '59 Kodiaks...I was remembering some discussion of them (60/40 Bears) on the old TG site, but ya'll must have been referring to 61's or '62's perhaps....you have seen 60/40 in those correct?

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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:35 am

Yule,

For 1961 to 1964, these are the riser laminations that I have seen for Kodiaks...

1961 - Solid Wood, I-Beam
1962 - Solid Wood, 40/60, I-Beam
1963 - I-Beam
1964 - Solid Wood, 40/60

Long term, it is probably less confusing for us to refer to these bows as 40/60 as the 40% side is on the left or shelf side and the 60% side is on the right or coin side.

Although I can not think of a Kodiak with a 2-piece laminated riser that is the opposite, that is with the 60% on the shelf side and the 40% on the coin side, I have seen other Bear bows with laminations like that.

Using the terms 40/60 and 60/40 to designate the location of the thicker and thinner laminations would much clearer in the future.

I've used the term 60/40 for so long, it will probably be hard to break that habit and take the time to designate the thickness of the left side first.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby bowdoc » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:54 am

As always outstanding work Wade.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:32 pm

Wade Phillips wrote:Long term, it is probably less confusing for us to refer to these bows as 40/60 as the 40% side is on the left or shelf side and the 60% side is on the right or coin side.
---Hmmm only true for righty bows though....left side would have 60% for lefty bows.

Wade Phillips wrote:For 1961 to 1964, these are the riser laminations that I have seen for Kodiaks...

1961 - Solid Wood, 40/60


Here's an I-beam '61:

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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:22 pm

Yule -

My mistake, started with 1962 and did the old edit copy/edit paste to add the other three years, then edited them. For 1961, I deleted the I-Beam rather than 40/60...

Just corrected it. Have never seen a 40/60 1961 Kodiak, but there are lots of I-Beams made that year.

Here are two of my I-Beam 61 Kodiaks....

Top - Bubinga slabs with Bubinga I-Beam

Bottom - Walnut slabs with Purpleheart I-Beam
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Seneca Archer » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:03 pm

Purpleheart I-beam on a '61-- too cool. Thanks for sharing Wade.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:27 pm

Yule -

There are lots of variations on the 61 Kodiaks...
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:45 am

Yule -

Regarding the 40/60 designation.... just noticed, I failed to respond to your post...

You are correct, for left hand bows the designation would be 60/40.... also noted would likely be the fact that the bow is LH, so the 60/40 would instantly make sense that the left side being 60 is on the coin side of a LH bow.

In trying to make it simpler, it may be more confusing for some who don't catch all the text here.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby bowdoc » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:06 am

Hey Wade has anyone said to you lately ?????????? I love you man......bowdoc
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby cacciatore » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:11 pm

Thanks once again to share your knowledge and teach the barbarian.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby reddogge » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:34 pm

Great post Wade, thanks.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:50 am

Just added another photograph to the 1959 and 1960 Kodiaks above to more clearly show easily identifiable differences between the two years. The image also depicts some of the overlay variations produced in 1959.
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby bowdoc » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:10 am

hey Wade one 1959's is missing from your pic ? bd
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Re: Kodiak - Identification Guide 1950-1966

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:23 am

Doc -

Yes, you would have to rub that in wouldn't you.

You will never let me forget that I traded off that 59 Kodiak with no overlays...

Note Doc, that I stated "The image also depicts some of the overlay variations produced in 1959."

Who has that no-overlay 59 Kodiak now????

Additionally, there may be some other overlay variations that missed or have never seen.
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