Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
They were never specifically intended to be both engaged, at least in most designs I have seen. You can do it, but the clicks from each pawl will not generally be in sync, and like a different beat in music may or may not sound less attractive to your ear. Also of course the difference between the incoming and outgoing feel will get wiped out. Still, at least the opposite pawls were designed to fit the ratchet in the original configurations. I wouldn’t try flipping one or more of the pawls over though, as has sometimes been suggested. While there may be some designs where this will be fine, and also some where it will not do too much damage, these things have a specific and precise designs and asymmetries and you may end up chewing the mechanisms up over the long haul doing that.
I prefer the sound of a lower frequency, more distinct clicking and usually try to jigger with the springs if there is an issue with not enough stiffness, but I have used both as a temporary expedient. There are instructions on past threads for jiggering with springs, as well as for re-annealing them in your oven. Last course before resorting to using both is to try to find a beefier spring and/or less worn pawl. As always Archuleta’s Reel Works is (just) one place to make inquiries about that.
The old Marquis reels (mentioned above) are notoriously inconsistent with respect to the strength of the mechanism. I’ve had the whole range from almost too stiff to use on the lightest setting, to too loose on the heaviest, and have jiggered, re-annealed and resorted to different springs on a pretty large fraction of the old beat up ones I have bought. I’ve had a lot more consistent results with the hardy lightweight models.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick