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19S15.21 Real Old Fashioned Fly Swatter

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19S15.30 Bunch of 5 Fly Swatters

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This is the way your grandparents remembered this essential tool of summer. No awful flimsy plastic handle. Wire frame, wood handle, strong mesh with sewn edges. Looks like it will last, and it will. Plus it looks really neat.

Get five at a time and save. Spread them around to your family and friends..

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  • Ranch fly’s vs. fly swatter

    Clark Family, 9/7/2020 I live on a horse ranch, so one thing we have plenty of, are fly’s! Can hardly open a door without those buggers flying in. Now I‘be got them within reach, and got them on the run!
  • Excellent Swatter

    Del Salyer, 7/27/2020 I have had a hard time finding a swatter with enough spine in the handle to suit my swat-em-out-of-the-air-style. This swatter from Garret Wade will get a lot of use. I've already started massacring yellow jackets. I wrapped the handles with silicone tape to get a better grip.
  • Excellent buy !! Anybody rated this less than 5 stars may need something else !! like electric zapper

    Norm, 7/11/2020 I did my first killed yesterday !! Great handle feel, I give nice, a good flick of the wrist and down it went !! Now if can't killed with this or really struggling with this ,maybe you should try and electric zapper .
  • Great buy

    Scott Scardino, 7/5/2020 Very high quality, built to last, worth every penny, and they look pretty awesome
  • Fly Swatters

    John Horne, 6/19/2020 Very utilitarian. Well made. Reminds me of flyswatters of by-gone days.
  • Fly swatters

    James githens, 6/19/2020 Excellent product! Very nostalgic! This is the second time I have purchased these! I gave one to each of my neighbors! They love them!
  • Fly swawtters

    Cathy Leist, 6/17/2020 Just like the good ole days! These are great and I assume will last for a long time.
  • Disappointing

    Carroll Rooth, 6/13/2020 Floppy, not sturdy enough.
  • Old fashioned fly swatter.

    Lloyd, 6/13/2020 Great product that’s well made and has that old Timer look.
  • Old school fly swatters

    Larry Wall, 6/7/2020 I still have fond memories of my youth, some 73 years ago. I have seen my grandpa sitting on the porch with his home made fly scatter., killing flies at an amazing rate. The swatters I ordered are the closest to those. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!
  • Fly swatters

    Cathy, 6/6/2020 Sturdy, deadly to intended target, decisive!
  • Lives up to its name

    LeAnne, 6/1/2020 I bought this for my husband, he hates flies! I hate ugly plastic fly swatters. I love the look of this one!
  • Tough

    John, 5/22/2020 Built tough! Just right length to reach out and touch those pesky flys
  • Built for Canadian flies

    Eileen W., 5/17/2020 Keeping one for my main residence, but really bought them so I could have a sturdy swatter for the flies at my Canadian summer home. Giving the rest away.
  • It Works.

    Dooglas, 5/9/2020 Works as advertised. No nonsense flyswatter that you don't have to hold back on, for fear of falling apart! Viva la France!
  • A swatter for the ages

    Richard E Karas, 5/9/2020 Well made. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but it reminds me of how swatters used to be made when I lived with my grandparents. Kudo for auality
  • Murder Hornets, Beware!

    Brad Thomas, 5/6/2020 I intend to purchase these heavy duty swatters in order to be prepared for the Murder Hornets. Those flimsy swatters from the big box stores just ain't gonna cut it.
  • Good product

    Sandra Oravetz, 5/4/2020 They seemed to be made very well. Sturdy. They should do a great job of the flies. Fast shipping. Good price.
  • goodbye flies

    Sarah Lukehart, 5/4/2020 terrific quality for these swatters and superb service for this first time customer. Everyone in my family got one and we are ready for summer with this swatter ! I will definitely be returning to Garrett Wade for more household tools in the future .
  • Customer

    Robert Bergeron, 4/26/2020 Just as it says. Our grandparents used these. I am giving the 5 pack to friends and ordering more
  • Works like a charm.

    Arthur, 4/20/2020 Great to see they are still made in France. I bought one for my mother for her country house and she absolutely loves it. So I bought one for myself, too.
  • Real Old Fashioned Fly Swatter

    Marisela G. Regus, 4/19/2020 They were my husband's early birthday gift. He says one swat, one sure kill. He loves them
    He has just let me feel it.
  • Screen fly swatter

    Linda, 4/19/2020 I bought one but will go back for the bunch! It works exactly like the good old screen swatters from times gone by.
  • Taking Aim

    Jill Bratcher, 4/19/2020 Last year, flies were atrocious and the cheap plastic swatters at the grocers and hardware stores didn't do the job (although my husband says my bad aim didn't help...????). I decided to go old school and look for something more substantial. I ordered the five pack and am now armed with one inside, one on the deck and one in my husband's shop. I gifted one to my parents and one to my son and his family (my four-year-old granddaughter has REALLY good aim ????). Although I'm not excited about the return of fly season, I am ready to do battle with the little pests. COVID-19 may have us all on lockdown, but the Lord of the Flies will be sorry he visited this house!
  • bug wacker

    LOUIS BEENE, 4/17/2020 kills flies.
  • Perfect Swatter

    Tami, 12/8/2019 Wonderful! The old style screening allows you to get small pests easily! I bought a set so I can share.
  • Fly Season

    Brock, 11/24/2019 VINTAGE! I can't wait until it's "Fly Season" again!
  • A real swatter

    Douglas Sawyer, 9/22/2019 Sweet old style swatter from old memories. Long reach, and sounds great when your swinging it. Bought 5. My kids each get one for Christmas.
  • Can’t go wrong!

    Royce, 9/15/2019 We have been looking for a few years for a replacement for our worn out old style fly swatter made in France. It was the most effective and deadliest to houseflys I have ever experienced. Needless to say I was delighted to find virtually identical replacements at Garrett Wade. I bought the “bunch of 5” and should be set for a long time. Thanks Garrett Wade!
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner September 2019 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Royce!!
  • fly swatter

    virgil gordon, 8/15/2019 I bought 5 of these in Dec of 2014 I still have 4 as my either my black or chocolate lab puppy thought the fly swatter would make a good snack food
  • Fly Swatter

    Helcia, 8/14/2019 Fly swatters are the most beneficial items for the house. Admit it. Who is not annoyed by a fly buzzing by you in your house? I bought these swatters and placed them in rooms in the house as well as outside when we dine there. They are old fashioned in appearance, and I assume they will hold up with use and the environment. The only drawback is that the swatter doesn't lie flat. I do not know if that affects the aim, but I would have preferred that they are flat by using a heavier grade screen for the swatter.
  • Where's the Hook?

    A Guy in Texas, 8/3/2019 Great fly/bug swatter! Just wish it had a hanging hook on the end of it?

    Dawn Adams, 7/24/2019 Something so simple, so basic, yet the thought that went into making it the best it can be, is special and rare in the marketplace. These work so much better than the plastic ones. Thanks so much!
  • Grandma's fly swatter

    Robert J Courtney, 7/13/2019 This fly swatter takes me back to early 1950's when I as a young boy would be on my Grandma's front porch killing flies. She had a swatter very much like the ones you sell. I have searched a long time to find a product of that quality. Wow what a find! Thanks GarrettWade for such a wonderful product.

  • Great Service

    DAN LIPSCOMB, 6/16/2019 Garrett Wade is one of those companies that has the durable goods that you can rely on.
  • Best retro product ever!

    Sheila Briscoe, 6/14/2019 I was so excited to receive these "flyflaps". Like the other reviewers, my grandparents always used these flyswatters. I used to earn a nickel for every fly I took out. I was so tired of buying cheap, loud plastic ones that broke easily. These are so well made and sturdy! I just can't leave it outside within the reach of my Great Dane. I, too, bought a multiple pack and shared.
  • This is a great one

    David, 6/9/2019 Love the handle and love the nostalgic look.
  • Fly Terminators!

    Jeannene , 6/8/2019 We live in a cottage on the lake and love everything about it, with the exception of our yearly unwanted guests: The flies and their buddies. Being sick to death of the plastic swatters that announce their arrival to the varmints, I was more than thrilled to find these, which I remember my Grandfather having in his barn for killing horse flies. I promptly ordered the mega pack, so we could have them upstairs, downstairs, outside in our breezeway, and also give one to my neighbor (she's thrilled! :) ) and I'm taking one down to my 84 year old Dad in NC tomorrow. He spends a lot of time on the porch of his lakefront condo, and the yellow flies can be a real pest there. We may have a contest to see who can send the most to the great beyond! Thank you for stocking them! My plastic ones will be in the trash by morning.
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner June 2019 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Jeannene!!
  • Fly Swatters

    Lloyd H Erwin, 4/13/2019 Perfect retro solution for the pesky flying critters
  • Swat!!

    Sheila, 1/28/2019 Perfect design for swatting those pesky critters! Love it!
  • Built to last

    Raymond Johnson, 1/3/2019 This is one fly swatter meant to last Good handle well built quality item
  • Flys Beware

    Charles, 12/10/2018 Everyone had these 60 years ago when I was a kid. Then Somewhere along the line they disappeared and all they had was plastic. My eyes just about popped out whe. I saw this in the Garret Wade catalogue. Flys better watch out this summer!
  • Flies, keep off our porch in 2019

    Linda Ruholl, 12/8/2018 My husband keeps a fly swatter on the front porch. For years, I have been listening to complaints about the inaccuracy and excess flexibility of the fly swatters we had to work with. When I saw this old-type version in your catalog, I knew it was the solution to the problem. It's under the tree for Artie.

    Deborah Jacobs, 12/5/2018 The flies don't feel the swatter coming, so they never escape. This swatter is sturdy and dependable. The fine mesh allows me to kill even small fruit flies. I won't use any other kind.
  • Great Gift

    Beatrice McCrea, 12/3/2018 These were great stocking stuffers and the quality is great.

  • This should be standard

    Jason, 11/3/2018 Very nice fly swatters. I instantly threw away my plastic ones. Flies will be even deader when I use these and will last me for years. Another reason to look forward to summers.
  • "Roger swat team"

    steve, 9/23/2018 This is the second group of five "old fashioned" fly swatters I have purchased from GW. Unlike cheaper plastic swatters, these actually do the job. They are a bit pricy but there's nothing better out there. Try 'em you'll like 'em.
  • Y'all are gunna LOVE these fly swatters!

    D. DeLaney, 9/23/2018 Love, love, love these fly swatters. Didn't want to ruin my great grandmother's wire mesh fly swatters so I ordered these. Did I say I love these fly swatters? Oh yes I did!
  • Hooray for dead flies

    Mike Fresco, 9/3/2018 Easily the best fly swatter I've owned. We've got one in the house and another in the milking shed. Sturdy and efficient. Very pleasing to look and and to hold. Works best on slow flies.
  • Best Flyswatter! A Must Have!

    Nancy, 8/27/2018 Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for. Not cheap and flimsy like others available online.
  • Perfect

    roger e wagner, 8/25/2018 As others have said - they can't hear/feel it coming! Now if my aim were better.....
  • Best fly ever.

    Thomas Miller, 8/23/2018 WOW When I was a kid around 1953 this the type of fly swatter that people were using so when I saw in online I to have it, and I am not missed a fly .
  • fly swatters

    Rod Wiebe , 8/20/2018 Second purchase. Nice. Old timey.
  • Great!

    D. Smith, 8/20/2018 These are the best fly swatters: the flies don't see or hear the mesh swatter coming until it's too late!
  • Great Fly Swatters

    Margie & Jim Conyers, 8/11/2018 This is our second set of five swatters we have ordered. They are sturdy and last. We keep handy throughout the summer months with bugs.
  • Fly Swatters

    Margie & Jim Conyers, 8/11/2018 Just ordered our second set of fly’s Watters. First set was a couple years ago and gave several to friends. We along with friends love them and keep them handy during summer months.

  • The best flu swatter

    Gail Lunders, 5/29/2018 Haven't had much need at this time but come summer they will get a good workout. I like the wire swatter much better than the plastic ones
  • Must have awesome.

    Steven, 5/26/2018 Absolutely the BEST fly swatted EVER!!!! Used these for about 15 years. The flys just don not hear it coming. Since my new ones arrived, I am batting 100 percent kills. Buy one. I promise you will be amazed.
  • Classic

    David Costlow, 5/18/2018 I have had several of these over the years. They hold up over time and get the job done.

    JOLYN, 5/13/2018 Nice sturdy fly swatter. So tired of the plastic swatters.
  • The best

    Judy Morris, 5/9/2018 Love these! We bought the set of 5 swatters and I love 'em. They are sturdy, flexible, accurate. What more can you say - they do the job.
  • Got him

    John Grzymko, 5/5/2018 Great old fashioned style swatter, sturdy snd well made.
  • time to kill some flies

    james Fabozzi, 4/24/2018 works well as a fly killer.
  • Old Fashioned

    Barbara Scott, 3/31/2018 Looks good - haven't needed to use it.
  • Real old - fashioned fly swatter

    joe hagerty, 12/21/2017 Really works great except for the bowl I broke
  • Great Swatter

    Carolyn Reynoldfs, 12/18/2017 This fly swatter not only looks good but it works as well. Gets them every time and then sweeps up the carcass from the floor.
  • swatters

    George, 12/10/2017 Great gift for a friend who has everything except a decent "fly flap" let you know how things turn out this spring when the flies are back
  • this will last

    George, 12/9/2017 Works Great. Finally have one that will last awhile.
  • Old Fashioned Swatter

    Keith, 12/9/2017 Love the light weight design and the wire mest of the swatter. Handle could stand to be a bit sturdier. Skeptical of bending it. Bought one for the camper and one for the house!
  • Best swatter ever!

    Shauneen, 12/8/2017 The BEST swatter money can buy! Sure brings back memories! Well made and durable!
  • A gift that knocks em dead!

    Linda Fre, 11/18/2017 It's hard to say anything bad about such a basic gadget. It doesn't need batteries, and other than the swatter, there are no "moving parts" to replace or break - and then how can you beat the price?
  • Metal fly swatters

    Douglas Phillips, 11/17/2017 Brought back childhood memories. Haven't seen these in a long time. Looking forward to using these. Planning to give one to each of my two children.
  • Judge

    C. E. Stevnsonn, 9/22/2017 Indestructible and deadly.
  • Great fly swatter

    Bob Grossman , 8/1/2017 Finally got a fly swatter that I remember from my childhood days. Works just like I remember and is much superior than the plastic junk selling today posing as a flyswatter. I bought five and am buying five more shortly to pass out to my brothers and sisters.
  • Swatter handle feels good in the hand

    Patty Cochran, 7/24/2017 We needed a new fly swatter, so I traveled to all of the local box stores to find one that fit nice in my hand. There were none that fit the bill. I searched online and found this swatter and I am very pleased with the wood handle. It also does an excellent job at killing flies.
  • great old fashioned fly swatter

    Ann Sheahan, 7/17/2017 who knew one could like a fly swatter so much? i am attempting to live life without plastic and this fly swatter takes me back to days long ago before plastic.
  • The Best by Far

    John C., 6/11/2017 The fly swatters are everything they are advertised to be, and more. Long, strong, and exceptionally well made. They are made virtually the same as I remember in my youth, with a no nonsense approach to killing insects from a comfortable reach.
  • Was not as good as I hoped.

    Mary Long, 6/8/2017 I ordered 10 and have used them for about a month. There are a lot of flies here, we have many, many dairies in our town. All but one are in the trash. The mesh separate from the canvas trim or the metal bars that are attached to the mesh ripped the mesh. It works long as the fly is good enough to land on a flat surface. But, it is better then the plastic ones.
  • A real flyswatter

    P Orner, 6/6/2017 Finally found a flyswatter that is worthy to be called a flyswatter. The plastic ones never really did a good job at killing flies and were always tearing. My husband drilled a hole in the handle to put a string in to hang up the flyswatter.
  • Old fashioned Wire Mesh Fly Flipper!

    Lauren, 6/6/2017 We got 2 of these; 1 for Dad and 1 for Dad's old Navy buddy. They both talk about back in the day when they had "Wire mesh fly flippers", and these fit the bill perfectly! We'll present them on Father's Day and know they'll thoroughly enjoy them. :o)
  • old fashion fly swatter

    Richard L Bernardi, 5/30/2017 Excellent swatter, best i've ever had and I've had some good swatters
  • Fly Swatter To The Rescue

    Joel M. Ergas, 5/15/2017 No sooner did I receive the fly swatter when I was invited to a 67th birthday dinner for a very good friend..."who has everything". I decided to make the sacrifice and gift wrapped mine. It was the hit of the evening. Now I have to order another one for myself.
  • No flies on this

    Gene Plaud, 5/8/2017 These are absolutely the best fly swatters available, if you can find any other around. I bought 2 of these 10 years ago. They finally gave out so I bought 5 more. I'll be ahead of the flies for the next 25 years. Highly recommended.
  • Flyswatter

    nils, 4/24/2017 Best flyswatter at the best price! A;lways reliable quality and service from GW
  • High quality product!

    Sellers Bailey III, 4/7/2017 We get inundated with flies in the warmer months, because we let our dogs in and out, via the sliding glass door in the kitchen. I was so happy to put these swatters to work. They look great, feel great and work great! I'm glad I finally took the plunge, and bought some.
  • Needs hole or loop in handle for hanging/storage.

    Marianne Wegner, 2/24/2017 Glad to be rid of plastic, but regret the absence of any loop, hole... to be used to hang the swatters within easy reach without having to lie them on a surface easily contaminated by fly remains :-( Not surprising that I'm not the only one making this complaint. An obvious defect I hope to see rectified.
  • Old fashioned fly swatters

    Paula Wedel, 1/29/2017 I am very impressed with the bunch of fly swatters I received from you. I'm anxious to have some targets to swing at. The plastic ones I've had in the past blow the flies out of range. They also split and tear. I may share these with my daughters...or not!
  • Excellent product

    Ramon Stroud, 1/16/2017 Excellent product. Reminds me of the swatters we had when I was growing up except this one has a wooden handle which is even better. I ordered to give some to my Brother and he is really impressed. Thanks for excellent service.
  • Swatter

    Joel, 1/9/2017 Killed nine flies with first swat and I am blind in one eye. Damn fine swatted!
  • Can't wait till spring...

    Diane Lucas, 1/2/2017 Great fly swatter! SO much better than the plastic kinds that don't do a good job on flies. Only suggestion would be to have a hole at the top of the handle so it can be hung up. We can't wait till spring/summer to try it out....
  • Will bring great swatting pleasure

    Sharon, 12/28/2016 My partner and I loved the nostalgic feel to this flyswatter. We got it as a gift for all our male friends. Classic and well made. It will be fun to use this summer !
  • Well done!

    Penny Creery, 12/27/2016 Got this for my hubby for in his Christmas stocking - he was impressed! He's all set to test it's merits when the weather warms up. I'd say, we'll done, Garrett Wade.
  • The flyswatter has been "Weaponized"

    Michael Silva, 12/20/2016 This looked like an effective "tool" in the catalog. What I received was a weapon against flying things. I looked to see if there was a seatbelt option it is so good!!! It is winter, but summer is coming --
  • Looks sturdy

    Kathy Firth, 12/17/2016 Haven't tried it out yet, but it looks like it will be a much better fly swatter than the flimsy plastic one we have now. It's a stocking stuffer for my husband - I think he will like it!
  • Granny's swatter

    Marcia, 12/16/2016 First look and I can see my grandmother swatting flies on the back porch. She was a dead eye to be sure. I enjoy the feel of the substantial nature of the handle and accuracy not bad either. Got one for my kids as well. They need to know quality of the "old"style.
  • How hard to swat ?

    Ron bronstein, 12/13/2016 I have been comparing different fly swatters lately. This one is the most durable, but maybe not the most sufficient. Tried another that was very accurate and had telescopic handle but the flat part broke on the second fly.
  • Tried and True

    Julie, 12/7/2016 We tend to go back to the "tried and true". Unfortunately I am old enough to recognize this handsome fly swattter. I haven't killed anything with it, due to lack of available flies, but in the meantime it's hanging with pride!!
  • Old-Fasioned Fly Swatter

    Mary Thompson, 12/7/2016 I love the retro look. Don't even care if it kills flies or not (but hope it will).Always had one that looked almost like this at my grandmother's.
  • Industrial Strength

    Gil Trujillo, 12/5/2016 Built to kill flies !
  • Excellent

    Gene Wade, 11/1/2016 The superb quality that I have counted on from Garret Wade for many years!
  • Deadly Retro

    Woody Williams, 11/1/2016 After trying this fly swatter for a week, our kill ratio is nearly 100%. It's a pleasure both to use and to see. We got the five-pack and will be gifting what we don't use. Highly recommended.
  • Old Fashion Fly Swatter

    Pamela Cooper, 10/31/2016 We love the fly swatter. It is great to find a heavier durable type.
  • Curling Fly Swatter Edges

    Jacquie, 10/25/2016 I am very disappointed in the vintage fly swatter. I ordered 5 and wish I had tried it first. The canvas edging is not supported with wire so after a few bouts of swatting, the swatter starts to curl. There is only about half of the swatter that is available to hit the fly.
  • Real Old- Fashioned Fly Swatter

    Betty, 10/22/2016 I grew up with an indispensable one in the tropics. Now where I live we have a terrible fly season so I'm Christmas gifting friends with my order.
  • verks good!

    Karl Aronson, 10/10/2016 Yust like ve had in de Old Country!
  • Swat away

    mike dulak, 10/10/2016 Been buying these swatters for years and love them. I sometimes paint them blue and pink as gifts for my couples friends!
  • Amazing

    Peggy , 10/2/2016 I think these must be invisible, they sure do work. Might be a silly thing to be excited about but I would give them as gifts!
  • A real great value

    Donald. Weaver, 9/30/2016 Purchased one for each family.These are solid and should last for quite a while.

  • Flies hate them!

    Clinton Morris, 9/18/2016 Great quality and really fast shipping. Thanks!
  • Nail'em!

    Colin Hampton, 9/6/2016 Are you kidding me? You want to "nail'em", right? Not really much of a decision then.
  • better than plastic

    steve, 9/6/2016 I like a lot
  • At last a real swatter

    Louis Auriat, 8/24/2016 At last a swatter that functions and functions without wear. Immeasurably better than the many 1$ plastic swatters that I used to buy and have to throw away, in shreds, after a few swats.
  • The swattin' best

    mike dulak, 8/13/2016 Been buying these 'perfect old-tyme' swatters for years. The best in function and the sturdy look of yesteryear. I've been know to paint the swatter part pink and blue and that makes for a great present for my couples friends.
  • Swatter from the past for the now!

    E Werlinger, 8/12/2016 Ahhhhhhhhh. A swatter for the ages! No fly, yellow jacket or wasp has a chance! No more plastic!! Love it.
  • Real Old-Fashioned Fly Swatter

    JAR, 7/30/2016 Real Old-Fashioned Fly Swatter is the real deal . Well made and at an affordable price . This item will still be killing flies as the plastic imitations lay shattered in multiple pieces .
  • Sturdy enough for horseflies!

    Mary, 7/30/2016 I wanted a swatter for horseflies at the family farm. This one works great! Sturdy too. I bought 2: one for the farm & one for my house. A pre-drilled hole in the handle would have been nice for hanging it, but I'm sure I'll figure out a way around that.
  • Great Swatter even curled

    Lawrence Flowers, 7/20/2016 It is true that the screen curls a little as the swatter is used. Just flip it over for the next swat, and the swat flattens it in the other direction. The curl does not affect the ability to kill flies. You have to work hard to miss. As far as having to drill a hole in the handle to hang it, that part could be provided, but I still give it 5 stars for its ability to reliably kill flies. If you drill the hole yourself, you can size it to match the nail or cord diameter you are using.
  • Great buzz killer!

    Susan, 7/18/2016 My husband wanted a real fly swatter for his woodworking shop, not the plastic kind! So I searched online and found this one. I ordered it and handed it to him and was he surprised and oh so happy with it. Works just as he wants a fly swatter to work, like the ol days!
  • Fly Swatter

    Jennie Durgan, 7/12/2016 Have not missed a fly yet on the first swat. Personally, my theory became the neon colored plastic swatters were not heavy enough, pushed air towards the fly and the bright color may have alerted most flies so I searched for an old fashioned screen swatter. Luckily, came across these high quality swatters and will order one for more areas in home to keep on hand - love the large metal swatting area, any curving just traps them further - someone mentioned bent. I'd call it curve and it's easy to straighten out if you want completely flat.
  • Swatter area won't stay flat

    Tom, 6/22/2016 Swatter area won't stay flat. Frame around the swat screen curls up and has to be straightened after each use. Also, have to drill a hole in the handle if you want to hang it up. Bought 5 and have gone back to my old swatters.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your review on the Old-Fashioned Fly Swatters. We apologize that they didn't reach you in satisfactory condition. Please feel free to return them using the label which was included. We will have mint ones picked for you.
  • Best swatter ever

    Terry Winnop , 6/19/2016 Best swatter ever. Good quality, I like the idea someone had for getting them as gifts; very useful and something you might not get for yourself, but you'd appreciate having.
  • Love grandpa's swatter!

    Teri, 6/17/2016 Love grandpa's swatter. Very sturdy, the flies stand no chance now!
  • Farm flies GONE!

    Bpeters, 6/12/2016 We live on a farm. This durable, well made device is used often and continues to be used. The design is perfect. Worth every penny!
  • Ultimate weapon

    Matt Baker, 6/11/2016 Ultimate weapon against pesky flies. The new plastic swatters just don't do the job.
  • Thanks for the memories!

    Mitch, 6/6/2016 This swatter reminds me of the old-fashioned swatter I used way-back-when in the Klondike killing those blood sucking mosquitoes during the months of the mid-night sun. Thanks for the memories!
  • The fly killer

    Al acevedo , 5/27/2016 Worth double the price. I almost feel sorry for the Flies they don't have a chance.
  • Swat the bugs

    Bunny, 5/8/2016 Sturdy swatter, but the screen could be a tad more stiff. It tends to bend a bit more than it should. But it vanquished quite a few wasps on our patio.
  • Swat

    Frances, 5/5/2016 I would go on fly safaris swatter in hand when I was a kid until my friend's mother forbid the activity. I wish people would swat rather than use dangerous insecticides
  • Best Old Fashion Fly Swatter

    Patricia, 4/14/2016 Looking good to kill a bug.
  • Old Fashioned Fly Swatter

    Phillip Edwards, 3/15/2016 A blast from the past. Functional and built to last.
  • Old Fashioned Fly Swatter

    Phillip Edwards, 3/15/2016 A blast from the past, and built to last.
  • Fly swatters work!

    Jean Melvin, 3/5/2016 Jeannie: 2. Flies: 0. Bwaahahahahaaaa!

  • Hanging In There

    Jason, 8/23/2015 I ordered a few these quite a few years ago from Garrett Wade; well over five years at least. For me they have held up over time. And usually if a pest is enough of a pest that I want to go through the trouble of squashing it, well, these certainly work. Plus these add a touch of class to killing flies, if that is possible If I needed new fly swatters I would certainly buy these again.
  • Old-fashioned Fly Swatter

    Steve Polk, 8/15/2015 I sent three of these to my mother, who had been lamenting about not being able to find a good fly swatter. She was so pleased she posted a note on facebook letting everyone know how proud she was to get them! Now that's high praise. I ordered five more so each of my sisters could have one.
  • Old-fashioned Fly Swatter

    Steve Polk, 8/15/2015 I sent three of these to my mother, who had been lamenting about not being able to find a good fly swatter. She was so pleased she posted a note on facebook letting everyone know how proud she was to get them! Now that's high praise. I ordered five more so each of my sisters could have one.
  • Nearly Perfect

    GarrettWade_Fan, 8/14/2015 They're sturdy with a large swatting area that would benefit from a way to hang them up easily (such as a loop or just a small hole drilled into the handle). Although costly, they'll hold up for years.
  • Insect Weaponry

    Roberta Sheahan, 4/7/2015 No one likes the idea of using a flyswatter but this one could change my mind. These manufacturers take their insect assault seriously. Now if it only had a nonstick coating...
  • Fly Swatter

    Dale Herman, 3/2/2015 Very well made product. Much better than others on the market today.
  • Effective But Not That Durable

    Me, 1/29/2015 Form: These are wire mesh with a thick canvas edging sewn around the perimeter. The mesh is wrapped around the metal extending out from the handle and stapled onto a triangular paper piece (the white part with the red COMBRICHON" printed on it). While it looks vintage-y, it's certainly not craftsmanship of the highest order. Function: I'm embroiled in a war with the fruit flies in my kitchen, so I have been using this vigorously every day. For regular flies, it works slightly better than a cheap plastic swatter; for fruit flies, it works far better. There is serious carnage in my kitchen. Sadly, after less than a week, the wire mesh is already split along the edge near the handle (presumably because it undergoes the most bending there as I wind up to whack another pest). Admittedly, I've been hitting pretty hard and using it a lot, but I'm still disappointed. Back to using magazines!"
  • Finally Found It!

    Brad D. Wolford, 1/9/2015 For years, I have been disgusted with the steady decline in quality of the flyswatters that are being offered by the 'big box' stores. Yes, they are inexpensive but that is exactly what they are. CHEAP. I was surprised when I found these being offered by Garrett Wade and was even more pleased when I received them. They are of the quality that I remember as a child (in the dark ages) and I expect them to last for years. Thank you Garrett Wade for continuing to support quality manufacturers.
  • The Hit of Christmas

    David Miller, 12/29/2014 I never expected my wife to be so thrilled with these fly swatters. Everyone that came over she had to show these off the quality of these. Which led to a demonstrate on me! Thank you for putting a smile on my wife's face this Christmas.
  • Batting 1000 with the Fly Swatters

    Official, 12/21/2014 The Fly Swatters are great and very economical compared to their plastic cousins.
  • Swat Flies Naturally!

    Jo L Johnson, 12/20/2014 My brother and I were talking about old-fashioned, REAL" fly swatters just before Thanksgiving and how they just didn't make them that way anymore. "I'd love to own a REAL FLY SWATTER", he said. Then the Garrett Wade catalog came in the mail, and guess what I found?????? These fly swatters....every family at my Christmas gathering will receive one! Now there's an unusual but very useful gift!!!"
  • Husband Hates Flys In The House

    Nancy, 12/18/2014 This was my husbands favorite Christmas present last year and everyone who saw it wanted one! So I bought 5! Some for gifts but hubby wants one in every room!
  • Practical Gifts

    Sharon Bourke, 12/13/2014 I wanted to share something practical for neighbor gifts this holiday season without breaking the bank. These are perfect!
  • I Wish I Had Bought The Multi Pack

    Sharon Bourke, 11/28/2014 These are so nice I wish I had bout the multi pack to give some away as neighbor gifts this Christmas!
  • They're In Trouble!

    Bruce Bitterman, 9/12/2014 Fits the hand nicely and looks to control ALL flying pests!
  • The Best

    Joe Evans, 7/21/2014 Without a doubt, the best fly swatter in the world. Looks good. Feels good (At least to the operator. I expect the pesky flies are not too happy about it.) Durable. Only one suggested improvement. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the handle for a six-inch loop of leather shoestring to hang it in a convenient place. It's nice enough to display, and it only works if you can reach it quickly. It seems the word has gotten out, and the flies won't even come in the house anymore.
  • Fly Swatter

    Bonnie, 7/15/2014 They look well made, but of course I have not used them yet. I want to give them a gifts.
  • The Real Thing

    Barbara Leal, 7/9/2014 We LOVE LOVE LOVE this fly swatter. The unbelievable junk they pass off as fly swatters nowadays in all department stores is a joke. These flyswatters are built durably and they WORK, the flies cannot feel the swatter coming.
  • If It Makes Mom Happy...

    Erica, 5/21/2014 I gave my dad a copy of the Garrett Wade catalog a while ago because I thought he'd enjoy looking through the tools and wouldn't you know my mother got a hold of it and fell in love with these old-timey fly swatters. I was pretty skeptical but I ordered her two for Mother's Day because she so rarely wants something eccentric like this. She loves them because they remind of her of the kind they had when she was a kid (she's only 52 so I'm not sure why she thinks she grew up in the Depression). I have to admit that they do look a heck of a lot cooler than the plastic ones and they appear to be well made. However, I wouldn't want one myself because you can't easily hang them on a hook and I don't want something with bug guts on it lying around. I haven't seen them in action but I also wonder about how well they'll work because they don't seem to have the flexibility of the plastic ones. Lastly, the price was an issue for me. At first, I didn't think it was too high because it's only $8 per swatter. But Mom wanted one for inside and one for out on the porch. Then the shipping was $9.50 which seemed really steep for two items that are as light as feathers. So at the end of the day, I paid $26 for two fly swatters that may or may not work as well as the 99 cent ones at the grocery store.
  • These were a HIT

    Belinda, 12/30/2013 These flyswatters brought back a lot of memories for my father-in-law. He can't wait until spring time to get swatting. Very good quality.
  • Fly Swatters

    John Clarke, 12/30/2013 If you are purist and you like authenticity like me, you don't care much to have a plastic flyswatter laying about all summer. These things matter. Thanks for offering this product.
  • Just like the ones I remembered

    Barb, 12/29/2013 These are just like the flyswatters I remember from my youth --lightweight and good to have a few to scatter them around the house. --Only complaint is they bend very easily so best to store on a hook.
  • Great Flyswatters

    Carolie, 11/9/2013 These are great flyswatters. My husband's grandmother had some like this and they really worked well. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was because they don't have holes drilled in the wooden handles so you can hang them up.
  • This makes Grandma Happy

    Paul Snyder, 10/15/2013 Grandma would never buy a fly swatter that wasn't made with window screen. She was right! These work far better than the plastic jobs.
  • Real Fly Swatter

    Bad Marples, 10/13/2013 For years I've wished that I had a fly swatter like my Granddad had. I've seen yours in your catalogs, and thought I should order some. Well, I finally did, and I'm glad. They work great. I got 5, so both of our children are going to have one for Christmas, too. They won't have to wish they had a great fly swatter like I did.
  • Swanky Swatter

    Sandy Michael, 9/28/2013 These swatters have style and are great at getting the job done. I paint the wood and they become functional art as well. They beat anything in the local market for sure!
  • Flies fear me...

    James Moodie, 9/24/2013 I hate flies and I hate plastic fly swatters. I now have a tool that puts me on a more even footing with even the quickest insects. You can also carve the body count into the attractive wooded handle. Now if I just had a holster...
  • I am glad to have this item

    Ken Bitzer, 9/12/2013 This item is made in the USA does it's job and holds up for another day! I am tired of swatting at fly's only to miss because the cheaply made box store ones from China bend so easy. Thank you USA for another Great Product.
  • Old-Fashioned Works

    Chuck Stewart, 9/6/2013 There is no shortage of flying insects of all types this Summer in North Carolina, and the plastic style swatters are just not up to the task. These Old-Fashioned swatters are what I remember as a kid in Kentucky and they make short work of what gets in the house. Sometimes, the old-fashioned way of doing things is simply the best.
  • Wonderful Fly Swatter

    Betty Johnson, 8/28/2013 I have looked for years, literally, to find a functional swatter like this. I am, to say the least, extremely pleased. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone.
  • Old Fashion Fly Swater

    Bill Franze, 7/31/2013 I am 81 yrs young and it is a joy to find an item built the old way and not with plastic. This swatter kills more flies per swat then any plastic one I bought before. So now it Garrett Wade before anyone else, if they don't have it I don't buy it.
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner July 2013 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Bill!!
  • Heavy Artillery

    J. Swanger, 6/22/2013 These are brilliant! I was initially concerned by the wire shaft above the wooden handle, but these are more like bars than wires-- they let the swatter flex just a little on impact to spare your hand and the swatter, but they don't bend. The mesh is heavy and has a tight enough weave to take care of fruit flies if you're so inclined. These deliver some serious damage-- I'm very impressed.
  • Good not great

    Blue.Streak, 11/18/2012 These do a nice job, and they are better than the cheap plastic ones you see everywhere. But the fastening system holding the fabric on the handle is just staples. And 3 of the 5 in my order had incompletely closed staples that I had to hammer down. It looks to me like longer, more substantial staples and a little more care in placing them would help a lot.
  • Best Buy Yet!!!

    S Lane, 10/25/2012 Best swatter ever!!! Almost shot the husband when he said he spent $40 on fly swatters. I am in love now! Husband forgiven. One easy swat is all it takes. No more flies going through those plastic ones. We gave 2 away to friends and they love them too!!! Highly recommend.
    Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner October 2012 Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner. Congratulations, Susan!!
  • Smackabug

    Bill Regan, 12/3/2011 Forget sprays and lotions. Face those irritating insects, eyeball to multiple eyeballs, and smack 'em down. This is the fly swatter to do it.
  • Better Then Any Other

    Swatter John, 4/11/2011 These fly swatters are the best I have ever seen. Being from Santa Fe, I know flies. I also know 100 ways to break a fly swatter. These have stood up, taken the test and passed with flying colors.
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