Very cool that your wife is supportive of your fishing tastes. My experience with Abel is limited compared to others on the board, but I'd expect the finish to be as durable as most other reels. Perhaps the Hard Alox finish of Lamson not withstanding. The cool thing though is that you can get them refinished by Abel. That's a nice choice btw, beautiful reel. Especially with a solid frame.
Avs, those nippers won't be your only Abel product for very long