Our proprietary use of titanium and chromium dampens shock and helps protect the rod from errant flies. Hardware includes oversized super-hard titanium oxide stripper guides, premium grade cork, and matte black finished blanks with silver appointments and logos. The powerful 14 weight includes a cork fore grip. Each rod features unique color-coded (by rod weight) alignment dots. Fighting butts and full wells grips are optional on the 6 weight and standard on 7 weights and up. 4, 5, & 6 (lt) weight rods have 2 stripping guards and rods with fighting butts have 3 stripping guards.