Buying Used Cane Rods: What To Look For

Overall, buying used Cane rods as a gift from your relative or friend is possible. However, you can easily purchase it from a flea market or yard sale with a very attractive price. In case you come across an old used crane on the market, there are a few things you need to consider before buying it. Just read on to learn more about how to determine the case value of a used cane rod. Besides, I will show you what you should do after buying used cane rods and some important features to look for in such a cane rod.

Buying Used Cane Rods

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What is The Cash Value Of A Used Cane Rod

In fact, it is quite hard to determine the value in money of a used fishing cane rod. Yeah! It’s hard,  especially if it is a gift from a friend or a family member.

In general, the price of a used cane rod is evaluated due to the current condition of the rod- whether it is fishable or not. Also, you need to consider the brand and the model of that used cane rod. For example, a Payne rod can still keep high cash value even if you use it for a long time. Also, a shorter cane rod is slightly more expensive than a longer rod. You also need to spot for any missing detail or broken part as they might affect the cash value severely.

Should You Restore Or Refinish The Used Cane Rod

To begin with, you need to distinguish between restoring and refinishing. In details, when you refinish a rod, you make it useable again with a good fishing condition. When you restore a used cane rod, you also make it fishable again.

However, the main difference between these 2 actions is how much effort you put into doing so. When you refinish a rod, you don’t need to pay attention to the original materials and constructions of the old cane rod. You don’t have to replicate these original details. On the other hand, you can change the materials and constructions as long as you make it fishable in the end.

Should You Restore Or Refinish The Used Cane Rod

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Besides, restoration would take much more effort. You need to replicate the exact materials and components of the original cane rod as well as the finishing method. Hence, it would cost you more money if you decide to use the restoration method to make the rod fishable again.

Therefore, should you restore or refinish a used cane rod? Well, it depends on the quality of the originally used cane rod. If it is a high quality, premium fishing rod, you can use the restoration method. Even though it could you a lot of time and money, the ending value of the rod after restoring it is higher than the cost.  In contrast, an old cheap fishing rod after you restore it will not gain much more value; thus, you should refinish it. It will cost less money but still provide you a good fishing rod.

Even though it could you a lot of time and money, the ending value of the rod after restoring it is higher than the cost.  In contrast, an old cheap fishing rod after being restored will not gain much more value; thus, you should refinish it. It will cost less money but still provide you a good fishing rod.

In contrast, an old cheap fishing rod after being restored will not gain much more value; thus, you should refinish it. It will cost less money but still provide you a good fishing rod.

What To Look For When Buying Used Cane Rods

The brand of the old cane rod

As I mention above, one of the main determinants of the cash value of a used cane rod is the brand of such the rod. You can look for the maker’s name. It can be engraved on the reel seat metal work or the detail in front of the cork grip. You can also look for the serial number as some brands might have it.

In most of the cases, the low-end cane rod makers have their name as a decal on the rod shaft.

If the used cane rod is too old and you cannot recognize the brand name of the rod, you can look for other details. For examples, they can be thread wraps or the styles of the reel seat.

The condition of the rod

Before buying used cane rods, checking for the name of the maker, you also need to look for the current condition of that old rod. Firstly, you should check for any fault or missing detail on the rod including the cork, hook and fishing guides.

The condition of the rod

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Secondly, you should check how easily it is for you to assemble and disassemble the rod sections. Over time, the eyes of the used cane rod’s section might be oxidized. This makes it harder for you to open and work with the rod. Usually, a silver polish might fix the problem. However, the problem might be too severe to fix.

If you don’t have much knowledge in this area, you need to ask for advice from an expert about rod restoring first for possible faults in the rod. This way, you can also know whether you can fix them or not. Remember that in situations, restoration and refinishing are possible but costly.

The length of the rod

You need to compare all of the sections of the rod to see if they have the same lengths. In my experiences, they should be of equally long. If they are not as long as other sections, it means that you should repair one part of the rod in part.

However, this fact is only applied to North American rods. On the other hand, British fishing rods can have an unequal section.

Wrap it up; it takes sufficient knowledge to spot and pick up a good old cane rod. You need to check the brand and condition of the rod to determine the best cash value of a used can rod. After owning it, you also need to consider whether to restore, refinish or put in on display. I hope this article can provide you enough information to make the most informed choice when buying used cane rods

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