Suitably proportioned grade-A culms
are selected for quality
from our large stock of seasoned Tonkin bamboo, and then
tempered by hand over an open flame. This process properly
tempers the power fibres, drives out excess moisture, and
greatly increases the resilience and durability of the bamboo.
As a consequence, the bamboo darkens beautifully, creating rich
tones from caramel to chestnut. The tempered culms are
hand-split with the grain and the resulting strips are
straightened with heat. We also heat-press and stagger the
nodes in the 3 X 3 configuration, rendering them neat and
for the six triangular strips of each section are
precisely milled to our exact specifications, maintaining
tolerances of +/- one thousandth of an inch. Ensuring that the
power fibres are on the outside, these six 60 segments are then
seamlessly and permanently bonded together with heat resistant,
are discreetly engraved with our logo and
finely knurled to match the sliding band and grip check.
are made from our seasoned stock of highly
figured Provencal olive wood, mortised to accept a reel foot
perfectly and finished to a deep gloss.
are turned to a velvety finish from the best
champagne grade cork shives. We only use the very rare and
highest quality Flor cork. They are then mounted with nickel silver grip checks and elegant winding
checks. Silk guide whippings are fully transparent, have
the merest hint of olive tan and are tipped with super-fine tan
Non-cracking tan silk whippings
secure the ferrule
splints. Owing to our varnish, which actually saturates
the silk; they are
rendered permanently flexible and waterproof. Seamlessly hand-tied, these
whippings are never bulbous or irregular.
Waterproof splint-end ferrules
are made by us from the best hard-drawn 18%
nickel silver. Hand-lapped to a perfect suction fit, they
are then oxidized and furnished with a stopper turned from the same wood as the reel
seat. Uniquely, the fitting of these ferrules to the blank is
so exact that the whippings over the splint ends will not crack.
is hand-applied to the cane blank and silk
whippings, creating a lustrous, flawless, and translucent
enhances the beauty of the rod and will protect it from the rigours of
use for decades.
Each rod has its model number and line rating inscribed on its
underside in Indian ink, just ahead of the swelled butt. The
tips are numbered too, just ahead of the ferrule whippings, and
the tippings at the tip-tops are green for the No 1 and red for
the No 2.