What is the name of this thing?

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What is the name of this thing?

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Lord, and most all of the regular visitors here know I know diddly squat about conventional type reels, but I keep trying to learn a few things along the way, so, I'm not blushing :mrgreen: when I ask what in the heck is this thing called, some sort of add-on anti-reverse/brake mechanism? :?:
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It looks like a Blackburn drag. Page 63 of Steve Vernon’s book.
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Bruce seems to have a reference to back up his assertion that this is a Blackburn drag, so I'd go with that. However, it looks like there's a small exposed pawl on the gear at the center of the crank. If I hadn't seen Bruce's answer I would have suggested that this allows cranking of the spool, but if the crank handle was turned in reverse it wouldn't turn the spool. Sort of a backhanded method of anti-reverse.

One of the things I like most about collecting these old things is the mechanics of them. If anyone knows the name of this reel please let us know. I think I'll start looking for one.

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Tom,

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This might help a little.

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Gents, it is a Blackburn drag. That wee pawl locks the crank screw. Ironically, the reel lacks the anti-reverse gizmo that was supposed to be installed when the drag was added post-marketly. The original owner didn't have the sense to ask Dr. Elder to install it. Or maybe the reel is too small for all that equipment.

The drag was also the subject of an article by Bill Stuart in the FATC Newsletter, XII, no.4, 1999, and one in The Reel News, XIV, no. 6, 2004. The drag and its inventor are described on pg. 67 of the 1st edition (1985) and pg. 63 of the 2nd edition of my book.

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Thank you, Gentlemen, for the enlightenment, especially you, Mr. Vernon, for the visuals and explanation! I figured it was something like that. At least I know now that the last decade spent hanging out here wasn't all for naught. :D The example looks like a great candidate for Dr. Elder's tender loving hands. :wink:
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Must tighten via the wing-nut. I suppose the AR was simply left to the handle grips. That could get exciting. And yes, it sure could use the right TLC.
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