Forgive me for dragging out an already beat to pieces subject, but I just can't help myself.
. Fairly new to this forum and see that its like every other forum. When it comes to various topics we get off the subject faster than a Brown slurping in a Caddis.
Back to the initial question remember what it was? In present day Sage rods the cosmetics are not what I would expect from a high end rod. There is no way the finish should cloud when it gets wet, or crack, reference my brother-in-laws Z-Axis. Also to you big rod maunfactures.... football shaped finishes are not considered top form. And for what's its worth neither are wavy finish lines. Plus with stablized woods being as durable as they are there is no reason not to include wood inserts, beside them being a tad more expensive.
Big manufactures focus on one thing and that is getting the product out the door. As long as people keep buying said product, the way it is, they will keep making it the way they do.
Do I own Sage rods? One that I won 20 years ago. But, I am building a Sage "One" switch and for the life of me I can't find a spine in any section and the blank is ramrod straight. Would I buy a prebuilt Sage "One"? No, too boring and I can do a better job. Why? I am not a production shop, I am a custom one off rod builder. I can afford to turn down custom builds if I don't like the way a customer wants a custom build done. Sage can't, so they put out what they think the majority of their target population wants or better yet will tolerate.
Even after buying the Sage "One" blank and adding top
quality components and my labor it will come out cheaper than buying a run of the mill Sage "One" off the shelf.
Sorry for the rant. I can't even blame winter, it was 80 degrees at my place today
Holy Cow, didn't realize I had that many words in me