Components often show the level of quality a rod is. You will find that my rods use some of the finest components available.
flamed and oven tempered cane
2X2X2 node spacing
nickel silver ferrules
nickel silver and figured wood reelseats
agate stripping guide
oxidized hardware if desired
3 coats of tung oil under a dipped spar varnish finish
I am now making my own seats. Below is the wood I am currently using as filler.
A couple of cork seats I made recently.