I opened up two of the sites you mentioned:
but it was all just japanese writing. Were there pictures on these sites? Thanks.
its one of those mysteries of the interenet. Yes there were pictures. Lots of pictures. In fact the picture that still shows in the initial post is from that web site and it still works for some reason. While the rest of the web site no longer works.
There were links on the right that went back to each month for the previous 4 years. Those are all gone too. So who knows - maybe the server is down, maybe the increased hits on the site, because I posted links on TUSUA forum, exceeded his bandwidth or he was charged extra money for the increased net traffic and cut it off, who knows.
Not too important really. The top 2 links really just showed the type areas where he was winding the line on the cork grip - narrow streams high in the mountains. It appeared he backpacked in to some rugged looking areas. The kind of areas where it might be necessary to collapse the rod and store the line briefly to hike into the next area of the stream.
By the way I tried this with a line that was about 14 ft long including the tippet. It works ok - But when you take the line off the cork grip - spool it off the side as the rod turns. If you let it coil off the end of the cork grip the line does indeed become tangles. Because of the larger diameter of the blue line spools, about 68mm, the line will wrap quicker on to the spool. Winding line on the handle is probably something to use if you loose your blue spool or you really want to go as light and simple as possible.
As for the other link about the scissors / line cutter.
He posted pictures of some cool scissors - similar to these -
Which I think have now been replaced by a newer model - ok to cut fluorocarbon line.http://www.ps-katsuki.co.jp/item_page/969_11883.html
They also make a model called MS-74S - looks more like the old model - its marketed to Ayu fisherman and is apparently a more robust model and capable of cutting wire. http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/s/?@0_mall/backlash/cabinet/item34/4960652456388-sp1.jpghttp://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/s/?@0_mall/backlash/cabinet/item34/4960652456388-color.jpg
I thought the scissors looked , handy and cool.
So asked TB to order one of each for me. Hope I find them as handy as I imagine they will be.
:: 7/19 - update - the mystery of why the links with pictures posted earlier no longer works has been solved. After 3 days with the image and archive links not returning I clicked a couple of the links on the web page and I found this:
" ... 訳あって当ブログを閉鎖することにいたしました。...『一身上の都合』
Have decided to shut down this blog for a reason. .. [ personal reason]
Everyone, thank you very much for viewing for a long time."
Just bad timing that I posted links to his blog just days before he closed it. To bad too. He had a lot of great images from high mountain streams on the blog. - D