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Swept in handles on casting reels, love 'em or hate 'em??

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I took a look at a reel tonight with the swept in handle design.  Been looking at these for some time in catalogs but have not handled one until tonight.  It's a BPS Extreme, the new one.  I have 5 of the old ones with straight handles that I use.

It occurred to me sometime ago that when cranking that my knuckles might hit the nut cap or handle shaft while reeling but I figured I was just imagining a problem that probably wouldn't even exist.  Well, a friend of mine sent me his Extreme to clean up for him, and his is one of the newer ones.  I was cranking it and noticed that my knuckles DO hit the nut cap and metal part of the crank as I reel it. 

This is a problem since I notice that swept handles are becoming a trend.  I think in 5 years I won't be able to find a reel that doesn't have swept handle.  I guess the only answer is to learn to use them...........or buy a Curado now and hope it lasts for the rest of my life (since it has a straight handle on it).

Anybody else notice this or have to learn to hold it differently so it doesn't happen??

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I've never had a problem with the swept design.  In fact, if I had the money, I would upgrade as many of my reels as possible with swept handles.

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I have one reel with a swept handle. I guess I don't get it. Then again, I don't get SG rods either. It's another fad created to sell reels in a market that's gone somewhat flat.

The history of reels goes sorta like this...

Mag braking

Followed by LP reels which by todays standards were only sorta Low Profile.

Then gear ratio, faster was better.

Then bearing count

Then graphite frames for lightweight

Then aluminum frames because graphite frames were no good.

Then aluminum sideplates because graphite side plates weren't any good either.

Then More bearings.

and even higher gear ration's.

Then Lower profiles than the old low profiles.

Then plated finishes.

Titanium line guides.

Slotted spools.

Dual braking.

Magnesium frames which were even lighter.

Swept handles

.....

etc.

etc.

;)

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I have one reel with a swept handle. I guess I don't get it. Then again, I don't get SG rods either. It's another fad created to sell reels in a market that's gone somewhat flat.

The history of reels goes sorta like this...

Mag braking

Followed by LP reels which by todays standards were only sorta Low Profile.

Then gear ratio, faster was better.

Then bearing count

Then graphite frames for lightweight

Then aluminum frames because graphite frames were no good.

Then aluminum sideplates because graphite side plates weren't any good either.

Then More bearings.

and even higher gear ration's.

Then Lower profiles than the old low profiles.

Then plated finishes.

Titanium line guides.

Slotted spools.

Dual braking.

Magnesium frames which were even lighter.

Swept handles

.....

etc.

etc.

;)

Haha. You forgot the rocket fisherman.....the reel that casts itself. ;D

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Yeah I'm not a big fan.  I personally think they ruined the new Revos by putting that type of handle on it.  I've knocked my knuckle a couple of times on the nut cap.

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I think those swept handles are nice.  When I saw the steez first came out I was in love with it, but knew that I could never afford it.  Anyways I did the next best thing and bought the daiwa exceler which comes with a swept handle and I love it.  Now I'm thinking about buying one of those abu garcia reels, but d**n it's expensive.

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I see no functional difference between a regular straight handle vs a swept one, my Alphas R edition has the swept handle and it feels and functions just as the Type F and Itö.

About you knuckles probably hitting the cap, tension knob or handle shaft ... uhhhh, nope, that hasn 't happened to me while reeling in with that reel.

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I have a couple of BPS Pro Qualifiers with the new style handles. I really like the way the reel feels and performs, though I'm not sure how much the swept handle contributes. I'm just not sure it's that big a deal.

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Never had a problem with swept handles either, knuckles hitting or anything. I think the purpose of the swept handle they say is to reduce wobble . Thinking about it a little surprised Daiwa did not patent this handle (dont know if the did and it ran out) since they started this swept handle craze(best of my knowledge they did and if I am wrong someone please correct me)

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I have 8 BC reels with swept handles, and two older reels with straight handles. I like the feel of the swept handles and have never hit anything while cranking.

Like jagdbdg said, the theoretical reason for the swept handles is to move the cranking torque closer to the reel centerline, thus reducing the "wobble" induced by cranking to some degree...not sure that reduction is actually "feelable" though.   :;)

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I'm impartial. To be frank, I have seen the term swept handle before, but never thought anuthimg about it. I literally just found out what a swept in handle is about 27 seconds ago.

I have a few that are, and a few that don't. So, without much said, I am neutral.

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I have been using one recently, I don't notice any difference compared to my straight handle reels.  I guess the only thing I see is that it looks cool.  I am using a Daiwa Excelor and Abu Garcia Revo-S.  The Revo is a better reel in my opinion but that Daiwa looks way better.  ;D

Cliff

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I like them, but don't have a problem with straight handles either.  It really doesn't matter one way or the other which handle type my reel has.

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would be nice if they were longer (handle length ) i have a revo inshore , a revo toro , and a revo sx(w/a skeet reese handle) and would not go back to shorter handles , even if they look better than the straight ones !!!  ;)

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