Optimus 8R

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  1. The Warrior

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    I guess I'm now the new owner of an Optimus 8R. Bid on it, not expecting to win, but did. Needs a new paint job, but doesn't seem to be in too bad of shape. $62 seemed reasonable. Has 8R, and Made In Sweden embossed on the lid, with an Optimus decal above that. Look forward to getting it in.
     
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    I liked painting my 8, 8R, 111 cases.
    Duane
     
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    @The Warrior
    $62 sounds reasonable to me too and an a embossed script points to an older one. Don’t have to add a decal after a re-paint either. Control spindle and ‘cookie cutter’ knob or a key?

    John
     
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    @hikerduane

    Looking forward to painting mine as well. Did you use heat paint?

    I just noticed that it's a Primus 8R, not Optimus. That's what the decal says anywhos.
     
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    @presscall , it has the cookie cutter wheel.

    Just the 8R, and Made In Sweden is embossed. Then there's a Primus decal above that.

    The ad said it was purchased in the 60's.
     
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    Some photos from the ad:

    1.jpg 2.jpg
     
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    I have many of the different cases and the early 8's. Never thought I would want more than one, just to see what they are like, 10 or 12 now.
    Duane
     
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    The control spindle has Primus on it as well.
     
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    Does the Primus version make this 8R more "rare"?
     
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    Hi @The Warrior . Looks to be a nice example. The absence of an embossed “Optimus” on the case, replaced by the Primus adhesive label indicates a post formation of the PTC (1962) manufacturing date, so early to late -1960s production perhaps.

    Primus 8R Stove

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    Kerophile.
     
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    Not really rare, just not common.
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    Congrats, I'll go along and stick a feather in your cap.
    "Primus" on the knob. I'm of the opinion, because of that knob, that
    it is more rare. There are (I guess later) Primus 8R knobs that do not say Optimus or Primus, the same knob used for Optimus 8R & Primus 8R.

    If filler cap and that knob are original that should narrow it's born date
    (I don't have a guess for you).
    FWIW years ago, Primus on the knob is one "I had to have", that and earliest version Op 8R.
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    Duane does not consider it rare is fair enough, he has much more rare stoves (incl. Optimus 8s). Everything is relative.
    I too say more rare. If original, it maybe the most rare "Primus 8R" but not the most rare 8R and just as a stove, to say it is "rare" may be debatable / questionable.
     
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    IIRC, that is the hockey puk control wheel.

     
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    Thanks for all the info guys, appreciate it very much. Just scored another stove...
     
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    What's a cookie cutter wheel look like then?
     
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    Seen your post. A ‘99’ no less. Excellent find at a very reasonable price. That wick stove was pricey though. Maybe they matched Dollars to Pounds weight.
     
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    I have no idea. I didn't even know it was a wickie.
     
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    Ok, maybe rare, I traded or sold the one I had since I had so many Optimus, trying to get my stove count down. That didn't work, over 100 stoves ago.
    Duane
     
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    It is addicting...
     
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