Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Michigan/Wisconsin Rivers
Honestly, I don't really know
Right now, I would say most of the difference is in the nostalgia of a British-made Marquis (and I still call any of them "Mar-Kee"). Time will tell if the K-mades hold up as well, but we may have to wait a long time.
I like the idea that machined is better than cast, stronger, I guess. So K+1. I'm not so hot on screws versus pins or rivets. Never saw a screw that didn't work loose. So K-1. The rim on the outside of the spool frame to keep the leader from getting behind the spool is an OK idea, but I've never had much trouble with that on this series. So K=B. I do like the bigger handle on the K-made. So K+1.
By my score, K wins by 1. Holding the price down is another factor that K has going for it. I'd rather have a Hardy designed and engineered reel made in K than about any other reel, except a Speyco. And, I won't have to pay an arm and a leg for it.