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Ready to Combat the USDM : Evergreen International's Jack Hammer (continued)

Design & Ergonomics: As discussed earlier, the one area the Jack Hammer really disappoints is initial ergonomics. The rod's balance point without a reel is ten inches (10") above the midline of the reel seat. The Tatula SV TWS is average in terms of weight coming in at seven point four ounces (7.4oz) with a full spool of line. Mounted on the Jack Hammer, the combo's balance point comes to five inches (5") above the midline of the reel seat and definitely still has a very noticeable tip down tendency.

In photographs, this grip comes across bright and the colors seem overly contrast, but in person, it actually blends in well with the rod.


Lab Results for Evergreen International RCSC-73HG Jack Hammer

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Evergreen International RCSC-73HG Jack Hammer
Evergreen Heracles HCSC-73HG Leopard
Shallow Crank Avg
Medium Crank Avg
Deep Crank Avg


The Alconite guides are double footed all the way to the tip top.

Otherwise, the most noticeable feature on this stick design wise, is that camo patterned EVA split rear grip. Initial photos of this design was a little off putting to be honest, but in person and in hand, the camo pattern is not an issue. For some reason, seeing it on the rod in photos just was not very appealing, but taken in as a whole with the rod in hand, those concerns are alleviated. It's not too busy at all and while I'd still prefer a straight black EVA grip, it's not a design that would deter me from purchasing the rod and enjoying my time fishing it.

Some JDM refinement at the reel seat lock ring.

Price & Applications: Where the Jack Hammer falls short in ergonomics compared to its sibling, the Leopard. Where the Leopard can't come close to the Jack Hammer is in MSRP. Evergreen International's Combat Series RCSC-73HG Jack Hammer will carry with it a price point of $199.99 and a full, five year warranty against manufacture's defects in materials and workmanship. Evergreen International's first foray into the USDM market is a huge step for the manufacturer and one for which we've been waiting almost ten (10) years when we first met president and CEO of Evergreen International, Mr. Hashimoto at ICAST 2008.

Further refined details at the top of the handle assembly.

Like the Leopard before it, the Jack Hammer is very well suited for medium to deep diving cranks and just about any moving bait application you might want to try as long as the lure is within its rated casting range.


Stamped on the rod surrounding its name is "Chatterbait Special". You can be sure that's from Brett Hite's influence right there as well as we're sure he had a lot of input into the design of this stick to suit a technique that has become his signature.


The wait is finally over. Evergreen International is making a foray into the USDM with their new Combat Series.



Evergreen International RCSC-73HG Jack Hammer Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very refined stick - especially for the price 9
Performance Fantastic casting and power performance. Rather average in sensitivity with regard to material makeup 8.5
Price Really outstanding price point from one of the more well regarded JDM bass tackle manufacturers 8
Features Fuji Alconite guides, nylon rod sleeve, double footed guides all the way to the tip top 8
Design (Ergonomics) The rod's only downfall 6.5
Application An great choice for moving bait applications 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Evergreen for $199.99!! - Very tip heavy
+ Smooth casting performance  
+ Buttery smooth power curve  
+ JDM refinement even at $199.99  
+ Double footed guides all the way up  

Evergreen International and Daiwa are going to have a very difficult time keeping this stick in stock.

Conclusion: For those seeking a hint of the Evergreen mystique in a rod spec that has become one of their more sought after models, the Jack Hammer is a gift from the JDM gods. It is very reminiscent of the Leopard's performance but stripped of that stick's special ergonomics and presented in a much more understated fashion. Most anglers will not mind these compromises considering the Jack Hammer's price point and warranty. We're in full agreement. We predict Evergreen International and Daiwa are going to have a very difficult time keeping this stick in stock, so if you're thinking about it, and you see one within your grasp, don't be meek about it. Instead, make your move knowing opportunities like this do not present themselves very often.


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