VR Design Reels

 

Vladimir Rachenko from Ukraine started designing and manufacturing fly reels and tools in the early nineties. He has been involved in the design of over 30 different models of reels, from a small 50mm (2 1/4") Trout Classic to a huge 140mm (5 1/2") super modern disc drag reel, able to catch a shark! From a simple traditional Click & Pawl design drag to a very complicated 100% sealed space-age carbon fiber drag system, there is no challenge Vlad won't tackle! His mechanical engineering experience, aviation engineering background and talent shines through with his latest titanium reel creations. Making a titanium fly reel is no easy task. Couple that with the very reasonable prices Vlad is charging for his reels and my guess is that he will have his hands very full soon. Get one of his reels before his order backlog grows!

 



Why Titanium?

Titanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It was discovered in Cornwall, Great Britain, by William Gregor in 1791 and named by Martin Heinrich Klaproth for the Titans of Greek mythology. The element occurs within a number of mineral deposits, principally rutile and ilmenite, which are widely distributed in the Earth's crust and lithosphere, and it is found in almost all living things, rocks, water bodies, and soils.

Titanium can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, vanadium, molybdenum, among other elements, to produce strong lightweight alloys for aerospace (jet engines, missiles, and spacecraft), military, industrial process (chemicals and petro-chemicals, desalination plants, pulp, and paper), automotive, agri-food, medical prostheses, orthopedic implants, dental and endodontic instruments and files, dental implants, sporting goods, jewelry, mobile phones, and of course high-end fly reels!

The Titanium is an amazing material - it is about 1.5 times heavier than Aluminum and about two times lighter than Stainless Steel.  But it is more than two times stronger than any Aluminum alloy and has about the same strength as a high steel. 

So we can get the same weight reel (or even lighter if compare to an Al made one) with a much-improved structural strength of the entire construction.

And if we add that Titanium is completely resistant to a virtually any kind of corrosion or self-destruction, it is may become an ideal/ultimate material for the manufacturing of fishing reels! 

Also the color of polished Ti is one-of-a-kind and absolutely stunning! Therefore, needless to say it is does not need any decorative or protective coatings!

The only drawback of Ti is the fact that the material is relatively rare and hard to machine; thus the cost of making a Ti reel is relatively high. On the other hand there are a lot of really nice Aluminum reels priced several times more! So everything is relative :)