Vintage Agate Guides are wonderful for adding a touch of authentic angling history to the next rod you make. And they’re even better if you’re restoring a rod and can put one of these NOS (New, Old Stock) components to proper use fulfilling a role for which they were originally intended.
These Pre-WWII, German-made guides are crafted from black and black banded agate rings, with brass or nickel silver clamp frames that feature a bright chrome finish. These guides are sturdy and well formed, but of little practical use unless you need one as a replacement guide on a vintage rod. They feature an unusual frame that operates with a flat-head machine screw and clamps around the blank. These are more of a collector’s piece than anything. Many, but not all, come with their original “Made In Germany” tag strung around the frame. The guide ring has an O.D. of about 26mm and an I.D. of about 17mm, with a width of about 7mm. These stand about 1.990″ tall and are about 0.745″ long from one end of the clamping tube to the other. You’ll get used to this notation on the vintage parts pages. We use the term “about” because we’re measuring one sample out of a bin of comparable parts. They’re all close enough to be in the same bin, but in some cases they were produced over a period of years and they are not identical.
Product number VAG-26-BA-CLMPF-BC. This stands for Vintage Agate Guide – 26mm OD – Black Agate – Clamp Frame – Bright Chrome Finish. Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold Individually. Limited Supply. “Limited Supply” indicates that we had fewer than 100 specimens of this guide in the bin when we posted the product; when they’re sold out, they’re gone forever unless we can locate another collection.
Be sure to read our rambling post on the Vintage Guide Collection!