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Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Wade Phillips » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:36 pm

Just had a question about the Fred Bear Signature Bow and original documentation that was available for it. Thought it might be a good idea for all of us to share the documentation that we have for the Signature Bow... These are items that I have on hand...

1. The original Serial Number Registry, 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" 20 page booklet in a plastic sleeve that was shipped with each bow.

2. Color advertising brochure, single piece of 11" x 17" paper folded to make an 8-1/2" x 11", four color pages.

3. Salesman's hardcover 3-ring notebook with actual color photographs affixed to the 6 tan pages...

4. 1982 Bear Catalog pages 16 & 17

Many of the same Signature bow images are re-used in these documents.
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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by goosebuster » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:31 pm

Wade, Was all that included with the Signature Bow, or was that something extra.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Wade Phillips » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:14 pm

Ken, Good question, I failed to state the thing I should have stated first... Guess I had a long weekend and just not back in sync yet.

The only item from above that was included with the purchase of a Signature bow was the original Serial Number Registry, 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" 20 page booklet in a plastic sleeve that was shipped with each bow.

The owner's name and the serial number of the bow were recorded on the inside front cover of the Registry.
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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by TimberlineX » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:01 pm

Wade’s list of Signature Bow documentation is complete, as far as I know. I have inspected Bear Archery’s original ledger of Signature bows sold, as kept by the late Frank Scott, and somewhere I believe I have a copy of that ledger, but little else exists on these special bows.

Over the years I’ve bought and sold a small handful of these sets. Some have been kept in pristine and complete condition. Others have not. At least two of the gentleman whom I dealt with had routinely shot their Signature bows, enjoying the heck out of them. A little known fact is that Fred drove the Bear Archery production department nearly crazy during the development of these bows, insisting that each riser be sculpted exactly as he dictated. Over and over again risers were sent back by Fred for refinement.

The result is that, in my opinion, the Signature risers are the best-SHOOTING takedown risers that Bear Archery ever offered. They’re trim, the grip typically is just right and the arrow shelf is low and narrow. It’s understandable that most are kept complete and un-shot. They are special treasures in their presentation box. But in another sense it is also a shame that more are not shot and experienced as Fred Bear made them. These risers were made right. For years I have had one in a box and one I shoot and hunt with occasionally .

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by 4nolz » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:28 pm

I wonder if Brandon Stahl could reproduce one for hunting

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Post by Wade Phillips » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:15 pm

Mike - This past weekend at the NBA Banquet, Craig Schoneberg showed us a bow that Brandon made for him just recently. It was unbelievable. I should have taken some photographs. Guess I wasn't thinking about anything other than admiring the workmanship.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Brandon could reproduce a Signature bow for hunting.
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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by bowdoc » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:54 pm

good looking pair bd
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Post by 4nolz » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:52 pm

I emailed him I'll let you know.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by 4nolz » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:25 pm

he said that was a project he couldnt do,did offer to make a Wildcat (superK copy?) out of the same woods.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Wade Phillips » Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:41 pm

bowdoc wrote:good looking pair bd
Doc - Yes, that is a pair to draw to.

Tell us how you take the coin out of a Signature Bow when you refinish it... :?: :?:

Or do you just tape over it because it is a little recessed?

No. No need to ask, I'm not planning on refinishing mine... :shock:
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Post by bowdoc » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:04 pm

yap you got it Wade those you gotta mask over and then like maybe the last coat pull the tape and spray over everything to blend it all together bd

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Post by Wade Phillips » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:25 pm

Doc -

Well, if you ever do need to get a Signature Bow coin out, let me know.

This evening I found the secret combination....
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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Stickbow98 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:38 am

Here's a pic of My Signature Bow that I recently purchased. :D

I've always wanted one and they don't come along often, (Legitimately)!!

(The Broadheads, Reproduction Bowhunter's Knife Set, Compass and Patch... I had previously.)

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Grant Young » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:20 am

Ron, you show off, LOL. Great looking package- congratulations! Aren't you gonna talk about how it performs? : :lol: I'll hollatcha this weekend. Grant

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by 4nolz » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:24 am

I am in the market for one.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Wade Phillips » Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:37 am

Ron - Did you notice your insert is turned 180 degrees from what is shown in the documentation.

All that I have seen are like the documentation.

I actually like the orientation of yours because Fred's signature is right side up and the full length surface of the gold latches is visible.

All I have seen are upside down like mine...
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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by seboomook » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:14 pm

Congratulations Ron! Glad to see you get that one.
They really are the ultimate takedown package.
Turning the insert around does show both the bow and limbs to better advantage to my eye.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Stickbow98 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:14 am

Thanks, Seboomook.

Yes Wade, that's the way it came when I received it. I agree it looks much better that way. Being able to clearly see/read Fred's signature certainly adds to the eye appeal, IMHO.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by bowdoc » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:04 am

I was just wondering if the inside liner of the display boxes are removable ??? and or could someone have ??? bd

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Stickbow98 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:50 am

Doc,

It appears they were originally glued in, and supported by 3 small wooden blocks...but mine was removed (or came loose) and rotated.

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Re: Fred Bear Signature Bows & Documentation

Post by Wade Phillips » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:36 am

Ron - I have one Signature Box that has 7 spots where blocks of wood were glued to the bottom, two glue spots at each side, two at the bottom and one in the center. Would guess at both ends of the limbs, those cracks in your liner were caused from removing the liner.

The molded plastic liner is stout, but bends at its weak points, when some of the glue joints are still intact. It's neat how the molded plastic liner was made with the flocked finish on it that almost simulates felt.
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