Hardy’s “PERFECT” markings

Very nicely done. I have a question with regards to brass face perfect, there is a 5 digit number stamped inside, what is this number? Is it in your possession? If yes I’d be interested to find out about the serial number on every of the three parts of the reel and the maker’s initials inside the winding plate. Can you help? Pages Home. Thursday, 12 March Hardy reels Perfects face plate markings.

Hardy – A Short History

Hardy has been hand-crafting reels in Alnwick, England for over years, a record no other tackle manufacturer can match. Tradition has always been part of their DNA. A constant quest of refinement and innovation to improve their tackle.

Vintage Hardy Perfect 3 1/4″ Wide Drum Fly Fishing Reel. tweaking and adjusting to bring you what we believe are the best reels in their class to date.​After all.

Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Please enter a question. Beautiful classic fly reels, the latest revision in over a century of the Perfect. This model features a wide spool for better capacity, a time proven check system, and that classic Perfect sound.

Ever since Forster Hardy was first granted a full patent for the Perfect reel design in , our engineers, developers and consultants have been constantly striving for ways to improve on perfection, tweaking and adjusting to bring you what we believe are the best reels in their class to date. After all, if Hardy offered anything less, it would not be a Perfect. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Skip to main content. To buy, select Size Choose from options to the left. Add to Cart. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color:.

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Another way to help date your old Hardy Perfect reel is to carefully ‘read’ the face markings. Below, I’ll show examples of reels from differing.

First off, old Hardy reels are nowhere near the fanciest or most intricately made reels out there. What they lack in engineering though, they more than make up for in both personality and functionality. I know less about the Marquis Salmons than the Bougle or Perfect so will gloss over these in hopes others can fillin the blanks. The III being the largest of the lot and capable of holding the largest of the long bellied lines. They are virtually bomb-proof and like the others, are loud.

Years ago, I toyed with buying one but they never appealed to my eye. The handle is on the spool and they have a palming rim. The Bougle was first released before World War I as a special request. Built on roughly the same design as the Perfect, the Bougle had raised crossbars with a line roller instead of the oval line guide on many of the Perfects.

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Hi, Just got this reel. It has a black painted/enamel finish inside and out. Does any one know when they used this color? Was it the finish used.

The Hardy Perfect has the distinction not only of being the most famous reel ever made, but has also been in production longer than any of its many rivals and it has been the flagship of the Hardy range for so long that in many ways it personifies the brand. The design was the brainchild of Forster Hardy, who came up with the idea of a reel with a detachable spool which ran on ball bearings, and was fitted with an adjustable drag. The concept took a while to evolve and early patents show the reel with the bearings fitted around the outside of the frame, which made it a nightmare to take apart, given that every ball had to be taken out individually through a small trap before the reel could be fully disassembled.

Fortunately, by , Forster had settled on the much more efficient idea of placing the race centrally around the spindle and although he continually improved the design, the only major change he made after that was to move away from the frameless construction used for the initial batch of reels — and for the next hundred years, only limited alterations were made to his original design. The disadvantage of mounting the spool this way – which was made long before the idea of quick release levers came into fashion — is that it makes it tricky to make left hand wind versions, which have to be made with a reverse-threaded screw.

So the majority of Perfects ever made were built for a right hand wind, which was fine, because before the fifties, that was how the majority of anglers fished left hand wind reels were available in at extra cost. Hardys must have sold their share of spares until the retaining screw was introduced in about , the open race only finally disappearing some time around The reel shown below is a very early open race reel loaned to the Hardy Museum by Jim Hardy.

The early reels had an iron Bickerdyke-style line guard, which was gradually modified and extended until it evolved into a cage which fully enclosed the spool; to begin with this was either soldered or riveted on, but from late the back plate and the cage were cast as one piece, which not only simplified construction, but strengthened the reel enormously. A major change in materials took place as well, the early Perfects being built virtually entirely out of brass, but in Hardys took the plunge and began to build the reel with aluminium spools, brass being more or less completely phased out of the construction by Yet another modification made to the reel was the introduction of a circular line guard on the full cage design from the autumn of , this being quickly followed by a redesign of the drag adjustment, or check, which gained the protection of a metal strap.

To begin with, these trout Perfects were built entirely out of aluminium, but Hardys built a few examples with heavier brass back plates; it is easy to forget how new aluminium was in those days and it took a long while for the metallurgists to get their heads around it.

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Fly Reels. Wide Spool Perfect. Fortuna XDS. Ultralite MA DD. Ultralite CA DD. Ultralite FW DD. Ultralite ASR. Ultralite MTX. Marquis LWT. Your Account. Gift Certificates. The first Hardy Heritage range of products are due to be launched as the company return to their roots. The Hardy Heritage range consisting of rods and reels made in Alnwick, England – products symbolising the values making them one of the oldest and most respected fishing tackle makers in the world.

Items in the Hardy Heritage range include the most famous product ever to have been launched by Hardy; the Perfect reel, a timeless design revamped and relaunched utilising the most modern technology.

A superb vintage Hardy Perfect 3⅝” fly reel dating

Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community. Please make sure that you’ve entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway. Please enter a question. Beautiful classic fly reels, the latest revision in over a century of the Perfect.

This new model features a wide spool for better capacity, a time proven check system, and that classic Perfect sound.

A friend has a used Hardy Perfect /8 with 3 extra spools. It’s in very good condition, with just a few scuffs. I’m guessing the reel is 25~

Vintage Hardy Hardex Fishing Reel. Brass Salmon Fishing Reel. Want more images or videos? Contact Seller. A good Hardy Perfect Salmon fly reel with ebonite handle, ribbed brass foot, rim tension screw and MkII check mechanism. The front plate marked ‘Made by Hardy Bros. Ltd, Alnwick, England. Size 4’.

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There was a need for a tournament casting reel that weighed less than the Perfect’s that were Hardy’s bread and butter at the time. Built on.

It was one of the largest makers and is still in business today. The early Hardy brass-faced Perfect reels are some of the most sought after reels by collectors. The reel was introduced in The design evolved through the years and is still made today. The oldest reels had a brass foot with a smooth top surface. The brass foot was later modified to have a rippled top surface. The later models have aluminum alloy foot.

Other names found on Hardy fly and salmon reels are St George, St. John, Unigua, Silex and Cascapedia. The earliest Perfect reels are the most desirable to the Hardy collector.

Salmon on the Harry’s River “And Grandpa’s old Hardy Perfect Reel”