|| This rod is one of my prouder possessions.
Numerous collectors know about and covet their Divine rods - made by the
Divine Rod Company. This one was made by Fred.
from A.J. Campbell,
"On quality trout rods, the nickel-silver
version was marked "F. D. Divine, Maker, Utica, N.Y.", along with the
[December 1, 1885] patent date. Any lucky collector who finds this
marking can be assured that the rod was actually built by Fred himself."
|| Fred Divine was issued two rod related patents.
December 1, 1885
and Fastening for Fishing Rods
June 7, 1892
[Twisted Bamboo Rod Sections]
The 1885 reel seat patent was not exactly earth shattering and
apparently didn't work that well. The patent was issued for the
addition of a raised rib in the reel seat tube and a matching crimp in the
reel seat band so that it would remain aligned with the rib on the reel
The 1892 patent was really unique. Divine came up with the
idea of uniformly twisting the entire bamboo rod section after all 6
pieces had been glued together - in order to strengthen and stiffen the
blank. I haven't seen one yet, but the patent drawing is a
Fred Divine died as the result of a tragic
accident. He had built a new rod manufacturing facility in 1898,
equipped with the newest lathes and presses, all of which were powered by
an overhead belt driven system. During the afternoon of March 16,
1900, he was inspecting the overhead after a fire and accidentally
got his longcoat caught in the giant belt system. He was reported to
have been hauled through the feed six or seven times at belt speeds of 500
rpm. Per his obituary in the Utica Daily Press, he
remained conscious throughout the night until his death the next morning.
"He realized his condition, and his only concern was not for himself, but
for his wife and mother, and the anguish his death would cause them."
He was 44.