Fisher CUT 70 Skis with White Stripes, with screw in metal edges and Look bindings with a red, white & blue safety strap. What makes these skis interesting or collectable? The brand and the bindings (in my mind!)
Fischer Sports GmbH was founded in 1924 in Ried im Innkreis, Austria, where the global headquarter is still located.
A young Austrian apprentice wagon maker, Josef Fischer, decided to strike out on his own in 1924 in the trade of “wagon making and the manufacture of wooden products.” He started off with toboggans and then, the next year, he made a pair of skis. They were cut from locally grown beech or brook ash — no one is really sure — and measured 220 centimeters long. He sold them for the princely sum of 140,000 crowns.
That Fischer started to make Alpine skis in the first place is somewhat surprising because there is nothing resembling a mountain for as far as the eye can see where he grew up. But the factory is still in the town, albeit at a grander site, and remains the only large-scale, family-run ski manufacturer in the world.
In 1961, rivals Earl Miller and Mitch Cubberley introduced the first ski brakes, which went on to eventually eliminate the “safety” strap and with it the cuts and contusions due to windmilling skis. Ski resorts wouldn’t accept ski brakes until the major European binding brands adopted them beginning in 1976, which explains why you see skis up till the early 1980's with safety strap bindings.
Great looking pair of skis to hang on your wall as décor.
Weight: 5.3kg. Height 1cm, Width 7cm, Length 178cm
Disclaimer: Please note this item is sold as a decorative item only. It is not sold for sporting use. Every effort has been made to accurately describe this product.
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