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Dawsons of Bromley The Challenger 9ft. pike rod

Post by OldTackle » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:18 pm

Gentlemen,

does anyone know if Dawsons gave their Challenger rod an impregnated blank?

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Re: Dawsons of Bromley The Challenger 9ft. pike rod

Post by Nobby » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:26 am

I'm fairly sure only Sharpes of Aberdeen impregnated their blanks, possibly even holding a patent on it. Only when they ceased making rods and sold the business were others able to use the process....the new 'owners' of the Sharpes name ( S&J Tackle) and Chapmans of Ware too I believe.

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Re: Dawsons of Bromley The Challenger 9ft. pike rod

Post by OldTackle » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:59 am

Thank you for that information, Nobby Sir.

I just thought because I never had seen such a dark cane before. A lot of work to do until I can fish it. Hopefully before the pike season starts over here which is May 1st.

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Re: Dawsons of Bromley The Challenger 9ft. pike rod

Post by Bobby Marlene » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:07 pm

I have 3 Dawsons of Bromley, a Challenger, a Burley and a Sabina. All of them have exceptionally dark cane indeed. Also I have the impression that the cane is of very good quality, much superior to other vintage rods I have with the exception of Hardy rods that I feel are even better. No idea if they had a special treatment or if it is the type or origin of the cane.
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Re: Dawsons of Bromley The Challenger 9ft. pike rod

Post by OldTackle » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:32 pm

Good question Bobby, but I have the same impression from the cane. Seems to be very good. The total condition of my challenger is to run away but I kept it just because of the appear of the cane. Well, and the handle is in good condition. I have the screwed reel seat. At least it is almost dead straight (plus minus) and the lined rings are okay. For sure I payed too much for it but it will become a very good pike rod when rewhipped and revarnished.

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