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Titanium reel seats

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I don't think I've seen a titanium reel seat until Al's showpiece rod at the Freeport show.

 

Are titanium reel seats merely a color finish of anodized aluminum, or is that genuine titanium? The metal's all but corrosion proof, as far as I know, and it maintains structural strength at high temperatures, thus the popularity of titanium in aerospace. It has no magnetic signature and the Russians have built entire submarine hulls out of the stuff; such a sub can't be detected by Magnetic Analomy Detection system (the long tail boom on Orion aircraft is a MAD system.) It's insanely hard to work and machine, and most of the world's titanium ore is within continental Russia.

 

On the other hand ... it doesn't take an edge. Titanium knives cut because there are crystals of synthetic diamond or other hard materials embedded in the edge. And I thought titanium was fairly soft. I didn't think it took knocks and scrapes and dings very well. Can it be surface-hardened? Is that how the reel seats are treated? And what (curiosity only, graphite and aluminum seats are fine for my purposes) do they cost? It's got to be pricey as all get-out.

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Never mind - Al said in the other thread that it's a titanium finish, not real titanium. Question answered.

 

It's a damn handsome finish, very striking against the black materials he used in the foregrip and lower grip (top flocked hard foam, lower some kind of rubber stuff ... felt nice in the hand.)

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Struble makes a solid titanium saltwater fly seat that retails well over $100. I actually put one Crazy Al's 10 wtg. fly rod I built him a number of years ago. I also put titanium guides on the same rod since Crazy is wrecking crew on tackle.

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I have a TI seat on a flyrod. IMHO, it was a complete waste of money. Its not lighter than a comparable aluminum seat and I've never had an issue with corrosion on an aluminum seat. It does look nice though...

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Well .... I can attest from experience that it is still possible to drop a flyrod on a rock. And bang into a boat gunnel while on a fish.

 

If I dropped a flyrod on a rock or boat the last thing that I would worry about is the reelseat...

 

Its a flyrod, aluminum seats are overkill.

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If I dropped a flyrod on a rock or boat the last thing that I would worry about is the reelseat...

Its a flyrod, aluminum seats are overkill.

 

For real... A regular fuji dpsm seat is more than enough for a fly rod, all those fancy doctors and lawyers just won't settle that though :p

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