Originally Posted by ja501
Thanks for all the input, my wife truly is amazing. Nice reels 1move, I may have to have the matching handle. I know that I'm doing a matching drag knob.
I actually like the wooden handle as opposed to the matching handle. Simply my preference. The matching drag knob, IMO, is a must, whether you go solid back or ported.
I have two Super 4N's, one Von Behr, and the other Brown Trout in HD (which my wife bought me for my 40th birthday) finish. They're both beautiful and the finish is just as durable as the standard anodizing they do on the solid colors. It's no different. It can nick and scratch, but the Abels seems to hold their finish very well.
If it were me, I'd get the Brown Trout Flank in the solid back. It's simply beautiful.