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Harry H
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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by Harry H » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:17 pm

Looks like the last version of the MK4 normally the stepped up versions are marked SU.
Do you have a measurement of the width of the tip?
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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by NiceRoach » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:28 pm

Harry H

Thank you

I 'll measure it and post back.

The odd thing is the decal says Mk IV but not Avon, Carp or SU.
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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by Ljm183 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:28 pm

NiceRoach wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:28 pm
Harry H

Thank you

I 'll measure it and post back.

The odd thing is the decal says Mk IV but not Avon, Carp or SU.
The Avon and S/U both had either Avon or S/U transfers on them but the Carp just had Mk1v. No Carp transfer.

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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by NiceRoach » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:35 pm

Ljm183

Ahhh........thanks that explains that bit. :Hat:

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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by Beresford » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:26 pm

I'm no expert on B. James but from what I've noticed I'd say this is standard later production model. The S/U has this as a decal if I remember rightly.

The handle shape on yours is the later pattern and I believe they began to increase the rod strength and presumably to compensate for the less good material they had to work with. One of the best MkIV B. James I've handled was very similar looking to yours and it was a superbly taught piece of cane. Other than the missing alloy end and button the rod to be in excellent condition.
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Re: The complete list of B. James cane rods

Post by NiceRoach » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:02 pm

Beresford

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Its good to get feedback on photos and I'm sourcing a replacement end cap and button. The pictures don't do the rod justice and I'm a very lucky guy to have it, at the moment. Despite the missing button, I don't think this rod has been used and it came from a collection of tackle in similar condition, all dotted from 1950's up to the 90's.

The B.James still has varnish on the guides which suggests that it has been varnished again since new.

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