20th Anniversary Sale.
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4 sets, one bag. These are ferrules that would go well with the vintage Paddle Foot Snakes recently listed in the 20th Anniversary Sale. What a combination if you wanted to make some light, retro, silk-line flyrods!
From our Lyon & Coulson collection, there are three half-sets and one whole set of vintage nickel silver step-down ferrules in this bag and they appear matched (or think of it as four half sets and a spare male). The females feature nicely machined welts. The males appear to be deep drawn, yet they appear to have nicely soldered water seals. Watch your seating depth when mounting the females as they do not have water seals.
The ferrules in this group are blued. When we blue ferrules, we do not blue the male slides because we’re selling them un-lapped, and because even a properly fitted male slide that is blued will have the bluing wear off in short order. These are completely blued, but they are not fully lapped to fit. Just expect that you’ll be knocking the blue off the male ferrule slides as you fit them. The bluing is in very good condition considering the age of these ferrules, but it is not perfect. Think positive & creatively: if you install these on a retro-look rod, you’ve got instant historic umpff and it looks as though the rod has already seen a decade of use. Also great as replacement ferrules when doing restoration work. You could remove the bluing, but they look so sweet as they are!
One set was measured and the slide has an OD of 0.187″ or about 12/64. The male is ~1.625″ long and the female is ~1.975″” long. None of the males seat full depth with finger pressure. They will need lapping with ultra-fine papers once mounted. As with all vintage parts, you do buy these at your risk and with the understanding that it is up to you to clean them up and make them work. They’re quite nice considering their age.
Half sets of modern Step Down ferrules run about $55.00 in the smaller sizes. If you pay for bluing as a custom fee on new ferrules that adds a considerable expense, which is completely excluded on these vintage ferrules. These are starting out at only $129.95 for the four blued sets, but the price may drop.