Re: cork drags
Like MP said, rub a couple droplets of Neatsfoot Oil into the cork once a year. Yes, store all reels with the drag setting at minimum but when rinsing a cork drag reel after use in the salt and/or muck, keep the drag setting stiff to NOT rinse the oil out of the cork. Even with the rapidly growing popularity of modern material "sealed" drags (some of which like Tibor and Nauatilus STILL use cork as one of the surfaces) the actual drag performance of draw-bar, cork-surfaced reels has yet to be eclipsed. If reel maintanance is part of your instinctive lexicon there is no reason to shy away from cork drag surfaces.