Pretty isn't she? Turn her over, and she exposes her ugly side!
Reading post's and stories helped grow my interest in one day fishing a Hardy. I finally found one that fits my budget.
Its definitely better constructed then the copies I have, and truth be told it's damaged looks are starting to grow on me. I even read a few reports that stated about 70 years ago before palming rims became common, some anglers were modifying there reels in this same way.
I'm going to fish it, it feels great.... and if I'm lucky, one day I'll find a use for that exposed palming rim.