A time be­fore scales

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The world-fa­mous man­u­fac­tur­ers of scales, Reuben Heaton, delve into their ar­chives and of­fer Carp­world readers a small in­sight into their long and rich her­itage

One of the last re­main­ing, her­itage brands in the in­dus­try, Reuben Heaton has its roots firmly in the rich his­tory of Bri­tish tackle man­u­fac­tur­ing. As we cel­e­brate the 30th An­niver­sary of Carp­world mag­a­zine, Reuben Heaton will be cel­e­brat­ing over 160 years con­tin­u­ous ser­vice to the an­gling in­dus­try since Reuben George Heaton, in­ven­tor and an­gler, started the busi­ness, man­u­fac­tur­ing fish­ing reels back in 1857.

Over the years, Reuben Heaton has forged a rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity Bri­tish man­u­fac­tur­ing. In the early 1900s, large vol­ume pro­duc­tion in an­gling was in its in­fancy. Reuben Heaton was at the fore­front of tackle de­vel­op­ment with many patents and rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­signs to his name. Heaton were one of the first com­pa­nies to man­u­fac­ture reels in alu­minium in the late 1890s and to­tal reel man­u­fac­ture was in ex­cess of 30,000 units a year by the turn of the cen­tury with cen­tre­pin style reels mak­ing up the bulk of pro­duc­tion.

In more re­cent times, Heaton have be­come syn­ony­mous with the man­u­fac­ture of high qual­ity an­gling scales and weigh­ing ac­ces­sories. Scale man­u­fac­ture at the com­pany reaches back to the mid-1800s in the form of brass tubu­lar bal­ances but dial scales are a rel­a­tively re­cent de­vel­op­ment. The first dial scales were made of alu­minium and brass and were man­u­fac­tured in 1928 for the match fish­ing mar­ket. Since that time the com­pany has con­tin­ued to de­velop its scales pro­duc­tion in both ana­logue and more re­cently dig­i­tal for­mats.

Man­u­fac­ture now cen­tres on ad­vanced ther­mo­plas­tics, laser cut com­po­nents and pre­ci­sion engi­neer­ing. De­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts for weigh­ing in an­gling and other com­mer­cial mar­kets has been a con­tin­u­ous process from those first match scales built in the late 1920s to the lat­est lim­ited pro­duc­tion Spec­i­men Hunter Black Edi­tion launched in De­cem­ber 2015.

By this time, Reuben Heaton had al­ready been build­ing high-qual­ity match an­gling scales since the late 1920s and the re­sult­ing com­bi­na­tion of an­gling and metro­log­i­cal know-how re­sulted in the scale we know to­day. And the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

There have been quite a few in­car­na­tions of both Spec­i­men Hunter and Stan­dard scales since that time. Vari­ants of the Spec­i­men Hunter in­clude the blue-faced Mil­len­nia, launched in 2000, which used lu­mi­nes­cence to pro­vide ad­di­tional vis­i­bil­ity in low evening light and the ul­tra-scarce, 5-1 Se­ries/ St George Cross, lim­ited edi­tion which was launched in 2001 shortly af­ter Eng­land beat Ger­many 5-1 dur­ing a qual­i­fy­ing event for the fol­low­ing year’s World Cup hosted by South Korea and Ja­pan.

Lim­ited edi­tion Spec­i­men Hun­ters like the 5-1 Se­ries are much sought af­ter and many are now col­lec­tor’s items, es­pe­cially the lower num­bered scales. Later came the lim­ited, Black Edi­tion, of which only a few hun­dred ex­am­ples were made.

Un­like the dual revo­lu­tion Spec­i­men Hunter which is lim­ited to met­ric-only and/or im­pe­rial-only for­mats, the highly suc­cess­ful Stan­dard An­gling scale is avail­able in dual met­ric, or im­pe­rial for­mat, thereby strength­en­ing its ap­peal in both the do­mes­tic and over­seas mar­kets. It too has seen many in­car­na­tions, in­clud­ing the highly suc­cess­ful, flag range and has also ap­peared as a pro­duc­tion scale bear­ing the logo of sev­eral brands other than Reuben Heaton over the years, in­clud­ing Korda, Gi­gan­tica, JRC, ACE, Shi­mano and Rod Hutchin­son – to name but a few.

Such is the in­ter­est in iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, that a list of all pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions based on the 4000 se­ries is in the process of be­ing col­lated for the main web site at the mo­ment. This will ap­pear in the his­tory section of the site adding to more than 160 years of tackle man­u­fac­ture.

New mod­els of the Spec­i­men Hunter scale have al­ways been linked with new in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment. The lat­est in­car­na­tion launched in May 2017 has an up­dated ver­sion of the high-spec graph­ics en­hance­ment pack­age first seen on the lim­ited-pro­duc­tion Black Edi­tion Spec­i­men Hunter scale launched at the end of 2015. Known as En­hanced Vi­sion Sys­tem or EVS for short, this fea­ture, unique to Reuben Heaton’s flag­ship scale, has been specif­i­cally de­signed to im­prove the read­abil­ity of the dial graph­ics un­der dif­fer­ent light con­di­tions. De­vel­oped through Reuben Heaton’s To­tal Weigh­ing So­lu­tions pro­gramme (TWS), the EVS coat­ing uses a com­bi­na­tion of light re­ac­tive inks and clear lay­ers to greatly im­prove read­abil­ity. Sev­eral lay­ers of inks are ap­plied to a spec­i­fied thick­ness over highly ac­cu­rate dial graph­ics us­ing an ex­act­ing litho­graphic print process. To en­hance the ef­fect, both the dial graph­ics and some of the clear lay­ers are in­fused with light re­ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to boost con­trast and im­prove read­abil­ity in low light.

Over­print­ing with a fi­nal matt trans­par­ent layer re­duces sur­face flash and the ten­dency for par­al­lax er­ror, fo­cussing the eye more eas­ily on the dial graph­ics. This fi­nal layer also helps to re­duce glare from bright sun­light and head torches, im­prov­ing read­abil­ity and re­duc­ing weigh time so that fish can be re­turned sooner. A use­ful bi-prod­uct of the EVA coat­ing is its abil­ity to be charged us­ing a stan­dard light source for ex­tra vis­i­bil­ity if re­quired but its pri­mary func­tion is that of im­prov­ing vis­i­bil­ity of dial mark­ings.

As you might ex­pect, the new Spec­i­men Hunter is man­u­fac­tured to the high­est of stan­dards. As part of the Bri­tish-made Reuben Heaton 4000 se­ries, all Spec­i­men Hunter mod­els are cal­i­brated to tol­er­ances, as spec­i­fied in Euro­pean di­rec­tives, for non-au­to­matic weigh­ing in­stru­ments (Class IV) while each scale is cal­i­brated to re­quired tol­er­ances us­ing trace­able, ver­i­fied M1 class weights and all ma­te­ri­als used in the con­struc­tion of these scales con­form to the rel­e­vant Bri­tish Bs/euro­pean Norm (EN) Stan­dards.

All 4000 se­ries scales carry a war­ranty reg­is­tra­tion card in­side the box, so that you can regis­ter your scale and re­ceive full af­ter sales sup­port.

Ori­gins of the com­pany we know to­day... Their first foray into weights and mea­sures was with the brass-bod­ied tubu­lar scale

All their prod­ucts come with a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity and a war­ranty card within the box

The highly col­lectable Spec­i­men Hunter ‘5-1’ se­ries from 2001... What a night that was!

One from the highly suc­cess­ful ‘Flag’ range – This time bear­ing the colours of Poland

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