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post #5086 of 5981
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Originally Posted by bluechalkstripe View Post

Grabbed this beautiful bag from a "vintage" shop in Brooklyn:slayer: (of course). I don't think the guy knew what he was selling...
Anyway, it's definitely a vintage Field Satchel but I was wondering is there anyway to determine the age of the bag? I'll save my questions about what I should do to preserve/repair the very minor issues with it. It's an awesome bag, I just would like to know when it was made. The store said the 30's but I really don't know if that's realistic... Anyone?




BTW This is my first post after lurking for a really long time, cool to finally be amongst instead of an observer.
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Originally Posted by bluechalkstripe View Post

Grabbed this beautiful bag from a "vintage" shop in Brooklyn:slayer: (of course). I don't think the guy knew what he was selling...
Anyway, it's definitely a vintage Field Satchel but I was wondering is there anyway to determine the age of the bag? I'll save my questions about what I should do to preserve/repair the very minor issues with it. It's an awesome bag, I just would like to know when it was made. The store said the 30's but I really don't know if that's realistic... Anyone?




BTW This is my first post after lurking for a really long time, cool to finally be amongst instead of an observer.
I have this same bag which I believe I purchased in the mid 90s. I think that this style had been around for a very long time, I know that the new ones have a different lock. Mine is like yours with a bell curve shape on top of brass lock.
post #5087 of 5981
@bluechalkstripe - I see leather conditioner and shoe polish in your future smile.gif

I used Lexol cleaner and conditioner on mine, followed by neutral saphir to give it a nice sheen.

The buckles appear to be silver coloured, but the removable strap are brass coloured, Is that a trick of the light ? Mine has all silver hardware except for the lock
post #5088 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post
 

Well here are some quick picks of a fast try - not sure much will give it full structure other than trying to do something with the side walls..with the foam core in place I think it is a major help

 

Here it is in original shape with about 4 shirts in it

 

Here is the rough cut foam core

 

Foam core in place

 

Here it is with the foam core and the shirts - def more stable and not as much flopping

 

Here it is with the bag wall clipped to the strap to imitate being fixed in place(only one side)....will try the velcro at the strap points this week

Hi Kahuna,

 

Thanks for the update and photos! It looks like the foam base has helped quite a bit, and definitely with the leather straps held in place it will make a world of difference. The benefit of having snap closures is that, if carrying light loads, the snaps can be in place to hold the shape of the bag, but if there are heavy loads which require more even spreading out of the weight along the leather straps all the way to the bottom, the snaps can be easily removed, and the shape of the bag will (likely) be quite structured given that it is loaded a fair bit. 

 

Looks like its coming along well! I'm very excited to see if this modification can be taken all the way. Unfortunately, I am currently in the UK furthering my studies, and my Duffle bag is back in Singapore where I live permanently. I can only experiment on my duffle when i'm back home in December! 

post #5089 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

Hi Kahuna,

 

Thanks for the update and photos! It looks like the foam base has helped quite a bit, and definitely with the leather straps held in place it will make a world of difference. The benefit of having snap closures is that, if carrying light loads, the snaps can be in place to hold the shape of the bag, but if there are heavy loads which require more even spreading out of the weight along the leather straps all the way to the bottom, the snaps can be easily removed, and the shape of the bag will (likely) be quite structured given that it is loaded a fair bit. 

 

Looks like its coming along well! I'm very excited to see if this modification can be taken all the way. Unfortunately, I am currently in the UK furthering my studies, and my Duffle bag is back in Singapore where I live permanently. I can only experiment on my duffle when i'm back home in December! 

Hi Kahuna,

 

Any updates on these modifications? Would love to hear how this has progressed.

 

Anyway, just in today, Filson 257 in Otter Green. Love the bag so far!

post #5090 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post

Hi Kahuna,

Any updates on these modifications? Would love to hear how this has progressed.

Anyway, just in today, Filson 257 in Otter Green. Love the bag so far!


What is that Green Monster in the back?
post #5091 of 5981

Sorry, which do you mean? If you're asking about the two huge pieces, those are my sofas lol. 

post #5092 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post

Sorry, which do you mean? If you're asking about the two huge pieces, those are my sofas lol. 

At least you startend with filson Bags..
post #5093 of 5981
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Originally Posted by zola View Post


At least you startend with filson Bags..

I'm not really following what you're getting at, or if you were asking about my sofas. lol sorry.

 

But anyway :slayer: 

post #5094 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

Hi Kahuna,

 

Any updates on these modifications? Would love to hear how this has progressed.

 

Anyway, just in today, Filson 257 in Otter Green. Love the bag so far!

 

 

Can you post some pictures of the interior?

post #5095 of 5981
Illition,
Been considering a 256 or a 257 for a while. The problem is I have a very functional Tumi black ballistic bag which has - over time - has edged out several contenders who have been now relegated to the attic. The thing is that for an item you use daily, the slightest perceived design flaw magnifies over time and the Tumi is so damn functional. I worry that just the extra step of having to push aside a flap to access my laptop or having to use a separate padded laptop sleeve starts to eventually overtake the tactile or aesthetic pleasure of using such a beautiful bag like the 256 or 257. Curious to what you think.

The other issue - which is much less of a concern for me - is the now general ubiquity of Filson briefcases in some major U.S. cities almost like beards and 1930s era haircuts. The Tumi bag is even more ubiquitous than the 256 but essentially invisible so not so much a statement.

No offense to anyone as I really dig them!
post #5096 of 5981
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Originally Posted by Soletrane View Post

Illition,
Been considering a 256 or a 257 for a while. The problem is I have a very functional Tumi black ballistic bag which has - over time - has edged out several contenders who have been now relegated to the attic. The thing is that for an item you use daily, the slightest perceived design flaw magnifies over time and the Tumi is so damn functional. I worry that just the extra step of having to push aside a flap to access my laptop or having to use a separate padded laptop sleeve starts to eventually overtake the tactile or aesthetic pleasure of using such a beautiful bag like the 256 or 257. Curious to what you think.

The other issue - which is much less of a concern for me - is the now general ubiquity of Filson briefcases in some major U.S. cities almost like beards and 1930s era haircuts. The Tumi bag is even more ubiquitous than the 256 but essentially invisible so not so much a statement.

No offense to anyone as I really dig them!

Hi Soletrane, 

 

I only just got the Otter Briefcase 257 today but already I find the flaps abit troublesome, the storm flap & snap closure aren't exactly the most easy to operate (difficult and awkward angle).

 

It definitely gets the job done and looks amazing at the same time though. For me, I probably will only need to access my bag once I reach school, and once I reach home. So its not much of a big deal, because I only have to undo the flap and snap closures a couple of times a day. But I can imagine if you are out and about all day and make many small purchases, and actions to take things in and out of your bag, that it might become quite cumbersome. I considered this many times before getting this bag, but I decided that i'm going to accept that its a small price to pay for something that looks aesthetically pleasing! Much like how difficult it is to get in and out of a sports car, or how some beautiful shoes are not always the most comfortable, I guess its something I will grow to accept :D 

 

Anyway, I use the 257 without a laptop sleeve and I feel it is sufficient protection for me, as long as you don't throw your 257 around too much. 

 

 

I'm not sure how widespread it is in the US, but when in the UK (where i'm from) I haven't seen a single person carrying a Filson bag at all. Maybe i'm not just looking out enough but it sounds like it definitely hasn't caught on as widely in these places as it has in the US. 

 

But either way, I think if you like it, just get it! Its not going to be as common as Nike, Northface, Adidas backpacks or Herschel Little America's (no offence as I own all these packs too) I presume. :cheers: 

post #5097 of 5981
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Originally Posted by chev4x4 View Post
 

 

 

Can you post some pictures of the interior?

 

Horrible photo I know, but thats a pack of tissue and my glasses (in the case) on the other end. 

 

I tested it earlier on and managed to fit in a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (2013), a relatively thick file with school notes, a waterbottle, and a pencil case.

 

Seems perfect for everyday use 

post #5098 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 
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Originally Posted by chev4x4 View Post
 

 

 

Can you post some pictures of the interior?

 

Horrible photo I know, but thats a pack of tissue and my glasses (in the case) on the other end. 

 

I tested it earlier on and managed to fit in a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (2013), a relatively thick file with school notes, a waterbottle, and a pencil case.

 

Seems perfect for everyday use 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Congrats on the bag and my mod schedule has failed...some kids activities...Football game Saturday night and Sunday night rounded out the schedule...hope to resume this weekend

post #5099 of 5981

:rotflmao::rotflmao: No worries those priorities are first! Let me know when you get around to it :D Have a good weekend ahead

post #5100 of 5981
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Originally Posted by illition View Post
 

 

Horrible photo I know, but thats a pack of tissue and my glasses (in the case) on the other end. 

 

I tested it earlier on and managed to fit in a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (2013), a relatively thick file with school notes, a waterbottle, and a pencil case.

 

Seems perfect for everyday use 

 

Thanks for your pic. You have a nice Jansport backpack back there.  

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