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    Name of bow type?

    This is a stupid question, but it is driving me nuts. What do they call the bows that don't wrap around the ear, but are straighter and tighter to the head with only a slight curve? They are extremely common and all the stylish glasses have them (Ralph Lauren, Nike Flexon, etc.). I know the answer to this is somewhere in my brain, I just can't find it today! :-)

    Having a brain fart,

    Stacey

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    You mean library temples?

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    Thats it. Man that has been bugging me. Thanks a ton!!!!

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    temples

    library is the most common, has also been referred to in the past as skull temples, and there is also bayonet temples that worked the same way, but were most prevelant on the old AO skymasters

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    I've heard them referred to as spatula temples. Is that a real name?
    ...Just ask me...

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    Spatula temples only available at Spatula City for short periods. Seriously, I think spatula temples are ordinary skull temples.

    In the states I have only heard the name "Bow" applied to temples for "riding bow" temples which is a plastic temple
    molded down to a cable configuaration, which I have not seen used in 30 years. In the states, "Bow" usually referrs to the amount of curve bent into the chassis (front for you young folks) of the frame.

    Chip
    Last edited by chip anderson; 12-22-2004 at 07:40 PM. Reason: Addittional archaic comment.

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    While we are diging in the archives, and joging memories, here goes my two cents worth.

    From the era of chassis and tops, we had the comfort cable temples which were the wrapped wire version of the "zyl" (plastic) ridding bow temples.

    I understand skull, and spatula temples to be the same thing and also know as the hocky stick across the big pond.

    Bayonet temples on the old flight glasses were kind of the metal version of the Library system often seen on the mens zyl frame of the 60's. Liberty made a ton or two of those.

    Fun thinking about these things again - from back when the major use for plastic lenses was in post cataract Rxs.

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    Seems as though I heard our Marchon Rep. call them "Occipital Fit"
    when refering to the temples on the Nike/Flexon frames.

    I could be wrong.........

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!!!

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    Why do I think that occipital may not catch on quite as well as skull? :hammer:

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    Back in ye olden dayes (1960's), the frame wrappers came with the abbreviation "sk" for these types of temples, so "skull" was the more common name. "Library," in my memory, applied to the temples B&L put on an old 1/2 eye -- remember the one with the curved skull-fit temple? Can't remember its name right now, memory-lapse :hammer:

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    Ok, I was taught that skull temples are the traditional, bend-down-around-your-ears-temple that practically every frame has. If you can prove me wrong, then tell me, what is the most common type called?

    Library temples are the straight-back type, I've been taught. I doubt Oakley and Nike would enjoy the use of those terms, hence "occipital fit". Yeah, whatever, dude.

    BTW, library temples are not so great. Ouch! I suspect Oakley took to them so that their sun frames would need no adjustment from the dudes at Sunglass hut, and they would still have a reasonable fit.

    BTW, part II: I watched a PBS National Geographic special on US Army Special Forces in Iraq and Afganistan. These bad boys were all wearing plain, black, government-issue Oakley M Frames or Jackets. God bless them all; tough MF's doing a good job. Makes me love Oakley, too.
    Last edited by drk; 12-23-2004 at 02:39 PM.

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    Yup I thought the "occipital fit" term was kinda (cheesy) reaching out there too.

    However after checking with a co-worker who was present at the discussion (with the Marchon rep.) she confirmed that it was indeed the name they were calling them.
    Though I am certain that back in the day this style was first produced it was more like "Bayonet" or "Library" temples as already mentioned.

    Just wanted to put 2% in here.........:cheers:

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    So the Nike Flexons have a rigid fit bayonet temple, and a flexon bridge; so, how do you adjust the frame to fit??

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    The temple on Nike Opthalmic is also Flexon. You adjust the frame from the hinge, which is convential monel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Weiss
    Back in ye olden dayes (1960's), the frame wrappers came with the abbreviation "sk" for these types of temples, so "skull" was the more common name.
    My mistake. The name used to be "spatula".

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    :idea: also heard em called "Paddles" b4..........:D

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    Need Library Temples

    My office manager's spouse needs library temples. I'd like to be able to order some without a huge frame buy-in. He'd like metal frames for his dress (not sun) glasses with straight temples. He's looked at Oakley but we don't have an account with them.

    They also need to be returnable.

    I'd really appreciate your suggestions.
    WooHoo
    ;)Ohio

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    Randolph Engineering "Air Force Frame."

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    Marchon's Nike frames in flexon and pure Titanium have library temples.

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    If I look in the Oakley dictionary I believe they are referred to as Hammer Fang Skull Grips or something like that.

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    How about duke and diddley also.

    Charmant's CFX series has a few frames with skull temples.
    Last edited by KStraker; 10-12-2007 at 02:29 PM. Reason: edit for more bo's.

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