Defiant MPS

Q: Why is Titanium so good for outdoor applications?

A:  Titanium and its alloys offer excellent corrosion resistance to acids, chlorides and salt; a wide continuous service temperature range, from liquid nitrogen (-322°F) to 1100°F; and the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.

For example, the most widely used grade of titanium alloy, ASTM Grade 5 (Ti-6Al-4V), has yield strength of 120,000 psi and a density of 282 lb/ft3. In comparison, ASTM A36 steel has yield strength of 36,000 psi and a density of 487 lb/ft3, while 6061-T6 aluminium has yield strength of 39,900 psi and density of 169 lb/ft3.

In short, titanium is about 45 percent lighter than steel, 60 percent heavier than aluminium and more than three times stronger than either of them. But this allows products made from Titanium like say tubing to have a much thinner wall thickness while still retaining the strength, and in doing so evaluates to a large weight saving. While expensive initially, titanium lowers life cycle costs because of its long service life and reduced (or non-existent) maintenance and repair costs. For example, the US Navy replaced copper-nickel with titanium for seawater piping systems on its brand new LDP-17 San Antonio Class of ships because it expects titanium to last the entire 40 to 50 year life of the ship.

In addition to military applications, other common uses for this light, strong and corrosion-resistant metal include those for aerospace, marine, chemical plants, process plants, power generation, oil and gas extraction, medical and sports.


The only drawback with Titanium is it's highly temperamental machining properties compared to other metals, and the sheer cost.

 These basic price comparisons taken from a Metal Stockholders website who also trades on eBay - go check for yourself, if you find the comparisons hard to believe


10mm Solid G5 Titanium for 300mm = £15.99

10mm Solid C121 Brass for 300mm = £4.49

10mm Solid 316 Stainless Steel for 300mm = £4.49

10mm Solid 6082 Aluminium for 300mm = £3.59

10mm Solid Carbon Fibre for 300mm = £2.12


Q: Can you make me some Titanium Bobbins?

A:  Not a chance, I don’t want to be responsible for your expensive Rods looking like they have been chewed with mice thanks to a chunk of metal hitting them when you get a vicious take. Acrylic/Plastic absorbs the shock when it hits something (Hence it will crack and fracture) Metal does not, it transfers all the force into whatever it hits.  I recommend that anyone buying a set of 2nd hand Rods check them underneath


Q: In the range of Indicators you make, which will be best for long range fishing?

A:  Easy to answer - The Scorpion:  if fitted with a 32x20mm HS Mag Head which has the strongest possible line clip you can have without damaging the line fitted, you can then “Customise” the Scorpions to your own needs by fitting different strength Inner Tension Rods into the hollow Stainless Steel flexible arm, you can go as strong as tension as the line clip will cope with as that’s the absolute max possible anyway. So in essence it’s the ultimate Long Range Indicator. 

On the flip side - The Scorpion without any Tension Rods fitted, just becomes a windproof Hanger that's fine to use in any situation, a "True All Round Indicator"


Q: Is there any extra charge for different sizes etc?

A: With-in reason no, all prices for basic products are published on the site (in keeping with the law) In fact here’s a bit of free advise- If you ever go on to any web site showing products with no prices provided, alarm bells should start ringing in your head!  Only two reason for not providing any prices:

1.       Dare not publish prices as nobody would be stupid enough to pay what’s being asked.

2.       Make prices up at will to “Dick Turpin” the prospective customer as much as possible.