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Internationals vs. International II's

Old 02-21-2010, 07:33 AM
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Default Internationals vs. International II's

Picked up some 1981-84 50 and 30 Penn Internationals this weekend for next to nothing. They are in excellent condition for their age, I took them apart, re-greased, checked bearings and drag washes.. everything looks great, no corrosion at all. They operate as if new!

How do these stack up against the international II's? Looks like the quality back then was much better than that of my reels from the 90's.
Old 02-21-2010, 10:52 AM
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I have 15 Internationals of that vintage, from 30's to 130's and I am convinced that while they do not have the newer styling and unibody construction of the newer II's, they are constructed with better materials and care. I too have only done regular maintenance on my reels, and they have been tried and true. Additionally, everyone has parts, and used reels can be had at very nice prices. I see no problems other than the lack of newer technology. The biggest improvement was to swap out the older drag plates for the more modern components a la Alantani's brilliant advice.
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interII one pc construction and overall stronger frame less parts
older inter will catch big fish but more parts to service maintain
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I have Penn Reels from the different vintages. I also heard that the old Internationals with the chrome frame connecting rods were not as strong as the newer one-piece frames. At the recent Canyon Runner seminar I asked the Penn Representative and Penn Repair guy their thoughts. They told me I did not have to worry about structural integrity issues with the older cross-bar reels. They said they were just as strong. I hope they are right!!

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