[quote=“SGransky, post:1, topic:96436”]
[/quote]Aloha. Your paddle looks to be in excellent new shape. I ordered a canoe paddle (52in) from Black Bart (Bud Moll) many years ago. A week after I received it, I heard that Bud was killed when he hit a bear while riding his motorcycle (Bud, not the bear). Very unfortunate, but I suspect that I have one of, if not the very last paddle that he ever made. It has several thousand miles on the water with me, including much training, many dozens of Adirondack canoe races, and five times on the Yukon River 440 and 1000 mile races. It has served me well and I wouldn’t give up mine for anything.
Other similar paddles I have, in a wide range of sizes, which one to be used depends on which canoe I am using, and are made by Newman Designs GRB/Grass River Boatworks from Canton NY. Many of my race friends use one, and they go new for around $200 (my price) or a maybe little more now. ZRE is the other popular kind many racers use, also made in NY state, and, depending on the exact style size and weight, may go for upwards toward $300.