Bent shaft available in 52-58" lengths, Straight Shaft available in 54-60" lengths. Made to order. Ships in ~ 10 weeks.
Built for comfort and consistency rather than brute force, the Sam’s Special marries a 7° bent-shaft with a long, slim paddle blade to offer enough power to keep you moving, but with low resistance to keep the paddling experience easy on your arms and shoulders. The “shoulders” at the top of the paddle blade help keep the water from running up the shaft and onto your hands when adjusting your grip or switching to paddle on the other side of the canoe. The narrow, rounded tip of the paddle offers minimal resistance when entering the water, reducing fatigue as well as resulting in a naturally quieter stroke.
Like all Sanborn paddles, the Sam's Special features the best grip on the market. Years of care and refinement have delivered a paddle that feels great in the hand even after a long day of paddling, and is easy to grasp even in the trickiest conditions. Our paddles are also normally delivered with the grip unfinished. Ultimately this means you can finish the grip how you prefer; we recommend an oil finish, as it's extremely smooth, comfortable even after a full day of paddling, and it is simple and easy to maintain. It’s a bit more effort, but it’s well worth it. For an nominal fee, we can pre-oil the grip for you prior to shipping, but you'll still want to maintain the grip oil over its life. Click Here to learn more about caring for your paddle grip.
The Sam’s Special comes in three different durability options, Standard, Wilderness, and Lightweight. The Standard option utilizes Cedar and Aspen with a fiberglass reinforcement to offer a lightweight paddle that perfectly balances weight and durability without sacrificing affordability, making it our most popular choice. If you’re pushing off rocks or tackling tricky currents in narrower rivers or streams, step up to the Wilderness option. Walnut and Cherry hardwoods supplement the standard features to offer a tougher paddle that handles almost anything you can throw at it while only adding a few ounces to the weight. But if your trips require long portages or all-day paddling endurance, consider the Ultralight option. The thinner blade is backed with carbon fiber, and the shaft thinned relative to the standard model, making an extremely comfortable, lightweight paddle that still feels like a feather even after hours of paddling. Because of the reduced weight, this paddle should only be touching air or water; no shoving off rocks with this option.
Lastly, you can only love a paddle that fits you perfectly. The Sam's Special is offered in a range of lengths to suit any paddler. Click Here to learn how to find the paddle length that’s perfect for you.
The Sam’s Special is named for our original tool supplier who lent us the equipment needed to get Sanborn Canoe Co. up and running. Calm, steady, and there when you need him, this paddle is a fitting homage.