Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
Hardy Marquis (pronounced Mar-kwiss, rather than Mar-kee being a large open outdoor tent..) handles were attached by a central post which were screwed into the spool face, with plastic knob in place. The top was then cut off and polished. The treaded end, inside the face of the spool was also trimmed, then peened over.
This can be seen in the promotional Hardy video of 1987, entitled The Art of Fly Reel & Rod Manufacture, where the Marquis is shown being made from the poured mold casting, to being buffed up and put in its box.