A few days ago I called Old Town Canoe to order some 4" diamond head brass bolts. After re-caning the seats in my recently acquired 1931 50 pounder, I needed a few new bolts to replace some which had been difficult to remove because they had been badly bent, and I did not want to use them again. I am also planning to make a couple of carry thwarts, and would like to use diamond head bolts to install them. I was surprised (!!!!!!) to be quoted a price of $18.00 per bolt. Yes, 18 American dollars for one skinny bolt. I politely, but unambiguously, expressed astonishment at the price -- "$18?" "Yes." "Each?" "Yes." "That's pretty outrageous." "Well, our supplier recently raised our price . . . ." I had been expecting a price in the neighborhood of $5.00. I declined to order at the price quoted. I remain astonished at the price quoted. Hamilton Marine charges $47 for a box of 50 bronze 10-24x 4" carriage bolts, and Jamestown distributors sells individual silicon bronze 10-24x4" carriage bolts at $3.32 each, and 1/4-20x4" at 4.26 each. The commodity price of copper dropped by nearly half at the end of last summer (from around $4 a pound to around $2 a pound). I appreciate that the diamond heads make OT bolts something of a specialty item, but . . .. Apparently well over a quarter of the purchase price of my old canoe can be allocated to the seat hanger bolts. At this rate, people may be buying vintage OT's just for the bolts.