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I have an ARMAX Made in the USA Split Bamboo Rod serial #7321
in a Barney and Berry Canvas Case with Brass Guides. Pat Feb 1, 1921. There are 3 pieces with an additional end piece end in a bamboo case. I cannot seem to find any info ... can you help
Thanks in advance if you can help.

Well Barbara, off the top of my head, your inquiry stumped me. I had not heard the name brand in my experiences when building or when I should have come across it, when I was so actively repairing rods in my shop.

But, with a quick google search, I stumbled upon a forum-

As Mr. Easton relayed to an inquiry... "according to Pat Garner's book on Eustice Edwards Armax and Hendrix were two "brands" that Winchester created as well as making some rods for Folsom Arms. All three brands had model numbers started with 7###. These rods were probably first made around 1921 and sold until around 1931. EW Edwards left Winchester 1924. The rods probably didn't change that much over the years, so it is hard to determine when your rod was made".

-Doug Easton

That leads us to believe that you have an early rod in their line which should, by default, make your rod more collectible.

Your question has caused me to make a very serious decision...I have decided to stop fighting it and begin delving far more deeply into my fascination with the antique/vintage rod and reel world and to become versed on values as well.

I will encourage you to consult with a few others that are very well versed on antique split cane rods:

Rich Mac McGaughey here on and Thomas Kerr at

This should give you some guidance.

Thanks for the question (and the epiphany),



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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.


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