In 1942 Bryant Bannister of Philadelphia Pennsylvania received a patent for his unusual narrow spool cradle style big game reel. It is known that Bannister built his reels in at least two different sizes; a 9-inch diameter reel that is marked 12/0 and a 6-inch diameter reel marked 8/0.
In Bannister's patent, he stated that the cradle design is for better balance. The patent also states that there are no gears between the crank and the spool and that and the reel is both a single speed and a double speed reel at the same time. The reel will retrieve line in a 2 to 1 function for quick retrieve when there is little pressure on the line and then processed down to a 1 to 1 speed when there is great tension on the end of the line.
Bannister's reels are built with lever style drags and can be put in free-spool by turning the handle backward.
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