Help dating Smokers? - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-17-2015   #1
 
Missoula, Montana
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 502
Help dating Smokers?

I found a pair of old Smokers at a garage sale for dirt cheap today, planning on refinishing and probably making wall hangers out of them. I'm trying to figure out how old they are, and I'm having a hard time finding much about dating Smokers. The logos are round with scalloped edges like a bottle cap, they're 8' overall, and the blades are 28"x5" with metal tip protectors that may or may not be original. Not sure if the rope wraps are original, either. Anybody know roughly from when these were made?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20151017_190515.jpg
Views:	221
Size:	424.8 KB
ID:	10608   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20151017_190533.jpg
Views:	236
Size:	616.8 KB
ID:	10609  


seantana is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-17-2015   #2
 
Missoula, Montana
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 502
I did find a pair on etsy with the same logo, dated to the 1940s (if you can trust etsy).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/2237058...-quality-brand
seantana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2015   #3
 
aurora, Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 110
Dating smokers requires mint gum. Lots of mint gum. And mouthwash.
sea hag is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-18-2015   #4
 
Missoula, Montana
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 502
Quote:
Originally Posted by sea hag View Post
Dating smokers requires mint gum. Lots of mint gum. And mouthwash.
Words of wisdom, however misdirected and irrelevant they may be.
seantana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015   #5
 
thinksnow's Avatar
 
Salida, 81201
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 172
cool wall hangers! Maybe Sawyer will buy them back??? Check with them on age.
thinksnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2015   #6
 
Missoula, Montana
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 502
Quote:
Originally Posted by thinksnow View Post
cool wall hangers! Maybe Sawyer will buy them back??? Check with them on age.
As far as I've been able to figure out, the "Smokers Quality Brand" name and logo predate Sawyer's acquisition of the brand in 1992. The logos are pretty hashed and the copper tip protectors make me think they've been around for a while.

I sanded the hell out of them today starting at 80 grit on the palm sander, then 100 and 220 by hand with the grain. I only applied the first coat of spar today, I'm going to do 4 or 5 coats on them with linseed oil on the handles total. I figure I might as well get them water-ready, I might have to take them out for the hell of it one day. I was able to piece together a whole logo from ebay and etsy listings, so I have a stencil ready to reapply the logos, too. They've definitely seen some miles and were put away wet more than once, so they're pretty discolored, but I like it.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20151018_182559.jpg
Views:	208
Size:	941.1 KB
ID:	10611  
seantana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2015   #7
 
Missoula, Montana
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 502
I was able to find enough images of the old logo online to make replica decals, I have 4 extra if anyone wants them. Four coats of spar and three coats of linseed for the handles, I think they're ready for the wall, and the water if I ever decide to take them out.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1445831243047.jpg
Views:	148
Size:	104.3 KB
ID:	10643   Click image for larger version

Name:	1445831268550.jpg
Views:	139
Size:	101.0 KB
ID:	10644  

seantana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2015   #8
 
thinksnow's Avatar
 
Salida, 81201
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 172
Nice work. They should make a great conversation piece. Either on the wall or the water. Good job!
thinksnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Got Booty? - The Dating Game at P-Fest twitch Whitewater Kayaking 2 05-14-2008 10:26 PM
NEED HELP WITH BOAT DELIVERY HELP HELP Bobby Whitit Whitewater Kayaking 5 06-21-2006 09:49 AM
PFD help ... and please help! yuengling_ben Kayaking | Gear Talk 3 04-24-2005 11:22 AM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.