This is a rare reel – A Danish Silex made by watchmaker Christian Leth Jensen. Christian Leth Jensen was employed as instrument maker on the Danish margarine factory OMA – here he made a total of 4 reels – This reel is one of them.
In very good original condition as it has only been used a few times and very well looked after, there are no cracks, chips, line grooves or repairs and complete with original twin ebonite handles and brake lever and un-filed, full length, ribbed brass foot. Spins beautifully with no wobble or rubbing.
In the twenty or so years I have been collecting reels (mainly Hardy) it has always been a mystery to me why more collectors do not collect Silex reels! They are far more interesting and intricate than any other reels that Hardy have produced and the variations are endless. I have Silex reels on my desk and all over my den, and I never grow tired of picking them up and examining them, if you compare them with a Hardy Perfect or St John or St George there is no contest, Silex’s win hands down every time! What seems to be regularly overlooked is that they are not just baitcasting reels but can also be perfectly used as Fly and center pin reels.