Category Archives: The Thomas Turner Collector’s guide

Reference material to help new or experienced collectors to understand the history of vintage tackle. This is an evolving archive and we will add material regularly, beginning with Hardy.

The Hardy Creative Team-The Zane Connection

In the last few days there has been quite a bit of chat at Thomas Turner about Zane Grey, Hardy and the Zane rods and reels that the company has made over the years. I’m not in a position to comment with any authority on the nuts and bolts of the design and the manufacture […]

Hardy Conquest Centre Pin Reel

The Hardy Conquest centre pin was a revered pin in the 1950s and with the appearance of the new Hardy Marksman rod range in the early 2000s, it was decided to reinvent the reel for the new century. Charlie Norris ( Hardy reel designer)  and Stevie Harper (composites engineer) were put on the case and […]

Hardy Marksman Coarse Range 2006-2012

Hardy had been a serious contender in the coarse market for much of its life and utilised the talents of leading names like Fred Buller and Richard Walker in its rod designs of the mid/late 20th Century. However, by 2000, the company had dropped out of coarse entirely. New MD, Richard Sanderson hired well known […]