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    Default Value of Refinished Bamboo Rod?

    Hi, Everyone
    I inherited a vintage Japanese bamboo rod; and, although I'm not a bamboo guy, I decided to refinish it. It now has 2 extra tips and a casting rod piece. I also decided to make a sock and "matching" tube. I know these rods were brought home after the war and aren't particularly valuable, but I'd like to know your thoughts on its value. It is an 8-footer which measures 4.6 wt. using the Common Cents Method. Thanks for any ideas. TomDSCN2212.jpgDSCN2210.jpgDSCN2214.jpg

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    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: Value of Refinished Bamboo Rod?

    I did something very similar. I rebuilt and refinished an old 8' Japanese rod that belonged to my father.
    Your wraps are a lot nicer than mine, but I replaced my reel seat with a vintage nickel silver seat. Other than that....

    As I was putting mine together I was very cognisant of the old adage "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear".
    So while my rod looks a lot nicer than it did, I'm not sure that I increased the value all that much.
    Still, it's a fun rod to cast and I enjoy it.
    I don't want to put a value on your rod, but if I were to sell mine, I'd be surprised if I got 50 bucks
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Oct 2012
    Melbourne Australia

    Default Re: Value of Refinished Bamboo Rod?

    Very little monetary value I’m afraid. Those Japanese rods were mass produced and generally made poorly.
    English by Birth A Geordie by the grace of God!

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    Nov 2013
    Winchester CT

    Default Re: Value of Refinished Bamboo Rod?

    I have a few of those "mass produced and generally poorly made" rods.

    It's a good thing no one bothered to tell the fish, so far not one that I have caught has complained about being caught on a "mass produced and generally poorly made rod"
    They are worth the enjoyment you get out of them or even better the enjoyment you share with someone else.
    Details Count

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    Default Re: Value of Refinished Bamboo Rod?

    Hi, Everyone
    I thought I would update you on this thread. Although the rod cast well, I still didn't think I would use it because bamboo feels a bit heavy for me. I had to have a minor welding job done the other day, and it turned out that the guy is almost ready to retire and grew up using and appreciating bamboo rods. I sold the re-wrapped rod, sock, and tube to him for $75. More importantly, he seemed quite excited that he will have a bamboo to start his retirement! Thanks, everyone. Tom

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