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Determing a reel's K-value

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Ford has F150 up to F750. 

Chevy has 1500 up to whatever. 

 

The numbers by themselves are meaningless without comparing to above/below numbers...yet there are similarities across different brands. 

 

Fishing reels have a general trend of "thousands", i.e. 3k, 4k, 5k etc etc. 

 

Is this a "real world" number?

 

Does it represent an actual capacity?

Or is it like the knob of the stove?... Simmer, low, med/lo, medium, med/hi, high....1k-10k... without any actual "values" assigned to each position? 

 

 

If one is holding an unknown reel in their hand, is there a spool's diameter x height formula to determine the "K" value? 

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It's kinda like the knob on the stove

in each brand the higher the number the bigger the reel capacity but it's not standard across the board for brands 

brand a 1k can be bigger than brand b 3k etc

 

no standard capacity and no standard dimensions of the spool from different brands. Also spool dimension can vary in the same size "k" within the same manufacturer as well 

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All the brands size their reels differently. A 4000 Penn is close to a 4000 Shimano, but an 8000 Penn is more like a 20k Shimano. Good luck trying to decipher the numbering schemes because they don't make much sense.

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It’s really only comparable within its own brand.  A Daiwa Saltist 6500 is way bigger than a Shimano Ultegra 6500 for instance.  An Okuma Surf 8k is about the same size as a Shimano Ultegra 14000.

 

probably should look at line capacity, drag, line retrieval, things like that and compare them. Ethernet brands.

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The numbering system sucks the way it is.

Every brand is different.  And often within brands the numbers vary.  4k daiwa bg vs 4k daiwa tatula.LT..two totally different ballparks.

 

Referencing capacity vs weight is a crapshoot as well.  Weights are often way off.

And capacities forget it.  

 

What's worse...when there are obvious discrepancies the manufacturer's website will never update to the correct numbers.   Because POTATO 

 

Hell Daiwa still says every single one of their magsealed spinners has a mag sealed main shaft.......(spoiler alert...they use a rubber seal there)

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11 hours ago, cityevader said:

 

 

If one is holding an unknown reel in their hand, is there a spool's diameter x height formula to determine the "K" value? 

No

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it's all about marketing , they change a number or a letter and the consumer thinks it's a better model so they buy it, the way it works is the old model starts to sell less so they make a new model ,so the piece of the pie never ends.

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