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Old 02-08-2013, 07:45 AM
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Default Re: Orvis CFO III no line guard?

Yours is a well patinaed beauty, Chi. In your first image, where the nickle silver line guard is, the out-of-focus top of the pillar is flat and rectangular in cross-section. In slightly older versions, the pillar flares into a "T" at the top which fits into the recess inside of the palming rim. Around the time the T disappeared so did engraved 'ORVIS CFO' on the back plate replaced with a stamping - you need samples of each next to one another to see the difference clearly. Eclectic details to be sure and nothing to do with performance. I have a CFO IV around here someplace, I'll try to photograph it but not today.
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