Major Craft On It's Way To U.S.
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rod brands can seem quite intriguing, but without being able to handle a rod in
person it's hard to pull the trigger on purchasing one, especially when
factoring in the extremely high shipping cost. Major Craft has always been one
of those brands I've been curious about, but I was always cautious about
ordering one sight unseen. Much to our surprise while walking the aisles at
ICAST, we stumbled upon none other than the Major Craft booth. Some of you may
have come across the name Major Craft while hunting through online Japanese
tackle outlets, as they are a very prominent Japan-based rod company. Judging by
what we heard, it seems they are working towards entering the U.S. market in the
near future. With the assistance of a translator, they helped us go over four
bass rod lines that should be heading our way!
Major Craft coming to the US?
The high-end MS-X rod series from Major Craft uses the “Cross Force Plus”
process in the construction of the blanks for extra reinforcement. This process
uses a carbon tape double-wrapped in key areas to help make these rods highly
crisp, sensitive, and lightweight. All rods come equipped with top-notch Fuji
reel seats, Fuji K-series titanium guides with SiC inserts, as well as
combination EVA/cork split grips. Currently, 15 rods are offered in the series
ranging from 6'4” to 7'0” which includes spinning, casting, and “bait finesse”
rods. Look for MS-X rods to cost around $500 each.
Major Craft's premium MS-X rods look incredibly
Positioned just below the MS-X series is the Corzza lineup. For extra blank
reinforcement Major Craft uses “Cross Force” in the butt portion, which is
similar to “Cross Force Plus” used in the MS-X line, except that only a single
wrapping of tape is used. All rods include cork split grips, and stainless steel
framed Fuji K-series guides with SiC inserts. The Corzza series contains 24 rods
in both spinning and casting ranging in size from 6'4” to 7'0” and even includes
2 piece spinning and casting models. Corzza rods should run you around $300
Much more affordable but almost as slick looking
are the Corzza rods
A look at the split grip design
Seated below Corzza rods, the Go-Emotion series offers some nice performance and
features at a bit friendlier price. The gun-metallic and matte black blanks are
adorned with Fuji K-series stainless steel guides with SiC inserts, and either
Fuji ACS or VSS reel seats. Split handles are fully comprised of EVA foam.
Consisting of 48 one, two and four piece spinning and casting rods between 6'0”
and 7'0” in length, these will carry a price around $230.
A rod line for the masses, the Basspara
The entry-level Basspara rods feature navy-colored blanks with Fuji O-ring
guides. Reel seats of choice include black Fuji ECS or IPS versions, with split
grips consisting of both cork and EVA. Basspara rods come in one and two piece
construction with 28 spinning and casting rods available. Expect an affordable
price of around $150 each.
Major Craft tells us they are currently working on distribution here in the
states, so availability dates haven't been firmed up quite yet. They are also
working to bring in a new line of hard baits which look very promising as well.
Takahiro Mori shows us the Major Craft offering
and we can't wait until they arrive on our shores
Wouldn't it be
great if more overseas rod companies followed the lead of Megabass and Major
Craft to offer at least SOME of their products over here? One can only dream,
but in the meantime we sure would like to get our hands on one of these sticks
when they become available!