Introduction: Olivers Rods formerly Olivers of Knebworth still produce 'Hand Made' fishing rods after some 50 years, considered to be the only craftsman in the world still 'hand tempering' Tonkin Bamboo which includes 'pressed knot' work. See the Olvers web siite at http://www.oliversrods.com/
An OLIVER'S of KNEBWORTH "new" cane rod - nine feet of Ted Oliver's finest hand
made split cane complete with original poppered bag bearing the early Station Road,
Knebworth address. This rod, which has probably only been used once or twice at
most, was made by one of the UKs classic cane rod builders. It is a new rod in effect
as its totally without chip, blemish or even dirt on the handle. A modern Barder
equivalent would cost you circa £1000 and he rates Oliver as one of the best.
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Oliver's ( 3 Piece ) 12ft rod, fully restored. This fabulous rod is in mint
condition. It has been fully restored in maroon silk Comes with brand new rod
bag. The rod is called the "Perfection All Rounder". Originally built by
Oliver's from top quality cane, it is perfectly straight and the restoration
work by is stunning.
An early version Oliver's of Knebworth Mark IV Avon 10 foot Rod. This is OLIVER'S
version of the Bob James Mark IV Avon and to the same specification and a much rarer
rod. Ted Oliver's finest dark flamed split cane, whipped in Gold silk tipped with
Red. With 27 inch trumpet shaped cork handle, reinforced ferrule, hook keeper ring
and lined tip and butt rings. Arrow straight with popping ferrule and a cracking
example of a rare rod.
This is a very rare 'OLIVER'S 141/2 ft Tench rod. The date of manufacture is
middle to late 60s which would make it one of the first specialist GLASS rods in
production. This is a very special rod as at nearly fifteen feet long you only
need a light flick to place the bait in position. Yes it is heavier than carbon
but it balances out perfectly with a 4 inch centrepin and the extra length
really helps when fishing close in. You can sit further back away from the fish
as they patrol the margins. It is a great float rod and the medium action has
lots of hidden power which stops large fish in their tracks. The rod is a lovely
translucent amber with bottle green whippings and full crimson intermediates.
This is in keeping with the cane rods that were still being produced at the
time. The full cork handle is 28in and the inscription above the hook keeper
reads 'OLIVERS of KNEBWORTH'. The rod comes with its original bag and I will
also supply a copy of an 'Oliver's headed letter of the time.