Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
The fantastic new lightweight graphite Meiser is now using is made in Japan I think. I guess Meiser is a “big name” in a little different way than you originally meant. With some notable exceptions like Sage and Burkheimer to name a few more, as was said above, it’s mostly done in the Far East. There are companies like Orvis and I would assume some others that only use domestically built for their most expensive line of everything. But in my experience most of the rod companies do not, and generally will not advertise info on which specific company fabricates their blanks to their provided specs. It’s easy to think of a few reasons why they (and the companies they use) would not, but those would only be guesses on my part. It would be very interesting to hear more about the process from one of the rod designers themselves, but I’m guessing it’s one of those “what happens in Vegas” type things when not done in house.
It’s one of those economy-of-scale things - it’s difficult to make it economical without very high volume in addition to lower wages - like iPhones etc. Plus the technology and facilities of building a blank are also pretty expensive, and do not overlap at all with assembling the rod. But even the latter also often gets done over there these days. So most rod designers, even some very fine ones, just send the fabrication specs for both their prototypes and the final designs out to the factories.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick