Well, the rod arrived yesterday ... and what a cracker it is !!!
Information gleaned from both the Colonelgsc, and Edward Barder himself, has added to the story of this rod, adding to it's charm, and explaining 'unconventional rings' (as Mr. Barder put it in an email).
The rod was ordered on the 5th. April, 1995, by the late Andre Komornicki (as is stated in script on the rod), and completed that year. It was he who specified the rings at the time of order, which were made in Studley by Hopkins and Holloway.
As some will remember, Andre Komornicki used modern as well as traditional tackle ... in fact at one point holding the World Carp Record with a fish of 91 ponds caught in France in 2008.
I'm glad he wasn't using this wand at the time !!!!!
http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/37 ... tone_carp/