Unknown French Cane Maker

catzrob

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Evening all and happy new year!

I came across this store on the French version of a certain well known auction site and wondered if anyone had any experience:

https://www.ebay.fr/str/bambourefendu

Obviously if it seems too good to be true etc. ... but if anyone has an experience they'd be willing to share I'll be most grateful for the feedback! Keen to give bamboo a go but the purse strings are a little tight at present.

[Edit - not sure whether he actually makes any of these rods or just restores them. Any inside info from past buyers still much appreciated!]
 
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kenneth

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Happy 2020!

Cristophe is a long-time Ebay seller and a fine restorer of bamboo rods. 100% feedback is unusual for a seller with more than 1,500 reviews, so that probably says something. I do not know him personally nor have any affiliation with him, but as a user and sometime collector of bamboo rods, I've looked at his work and have helped others make decisions on buying from him.

He buys old, sometimes beat-up rods, and works on them. At one point he got his hands on NOS, possibly Sharpes or Partridge, impregnated blanks, and finished them. These were fantastic value for money, I handled one that a friend had bought, and found his wrap and ferrule work impeccable. At one point another friend bought a restored Granger rod from him, and was more than happy with the purchase.

I would say that his prices are honest, and his detailed photos and descriptions tell you all you need to know about the rods. With eyes open and the necessary caveat emptor, I would say buy with confidence.

Kenneth
 

Lewis Chessman

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Thanks, Kevin and catzrob, I've not seen this seller before but have enjoyed seeing his work after reading Kevin's post.
If this chap is buying old rods cheaply, restoring them very nicely, then essentially just recouping his costs + a drink for his time, fantastic! :cool:
At those prices he must do it for the love of it, then sell them on to wipe his face.

I don't have a call for any boo right now but I'm putting Christophe in my Saved Sellers for another day. Cheers!
 

catzrob

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Thanks Kenneth - that's great to hear and I'm very grateful for the opinion of someone who knows what they're talking about (unlike me) and has seen the work in hand.

I will take a good careful look and pick something up, I think.

Happy new year and all the best

Rob
 

catzrob

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Happy 2020!

Cristophe is a long-time Ebay seller and a fine restorer of bamboo rods. 100% feedback is unusual for a seller with more than 1,500 reviews, so that probably says something. I do not know him personally nor have any affiliation with him, but as a user and sometime collector of bamboo rods, I've looked at his work and have helped others make decisions on buying from him.

Kenneth
Kenneth - I've been waiting for an opportunity to buy one of these rods and just as the funds came up, Christophe seems to have exited ebay. Hopefully this is just a temporary Coronavirus absence but would you know any other way to buy from him/have contact details to get in touch?

Sorry to trouble you and thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Catzrob, I'm afraid I can't help you. I never had any direct dealings with him, so no contact details. It looks like he's closed his ebay store, I really hope he's personally OK.

Keep safe,
Kenneth
 

catzrob

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Ok. Thank you Kenneth. Yes sincerely hoping that he's just keeping his head down for the time being rather than suffering personally.

Keep safe as well, Thanks again,
Rob
 
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