Photo 6 is the underside of the line lay block. The slot is not straight as usual, but takes this shape which I believe gives more distance for the up and down movement of the spool for better line lay. You can also see two small ball bearings bolted to both sides sides which run on rails leaving no friction at all. This makes it even smoother when reeling a havey load.
Photo 7 is the line roller housing after removing the roller. Very fine care to details.
Photo 8 is the roller itself, separated from the body of the bail by a small raised part to guarantee friction free movement. You can also see the hollow bail which I believe must be very hard to produce.
Photo 9 is the side showing the water proof seal. Still intact and has the original grease after all this use. There is another seal from the other side, both protecting the 2 ball bearings inside the roller.
Photo 10 is the grip with the outer screw removed. You can see a water proof seal around it too!
Last one, 11 is a view from inside the grip. The water proof seal to the left, a small metal shield for the ball bearing then the ball bearing which I moved to the center for a better view. There is another ball bearing inside the grip from the other side making it rotate freely on two bearings.
When the reel first came, its revolutionary (or sexy if I may say ) design was an instant hit, leading to several knock offs trying to copy it or at least parts of it. here are some of such reels I found on the net for the fun of it
Photo 12 a reel called "Aluma 5000" trying to copy the shape of the spool, knob, drilling and the bail wire is made ultra fat to emulate the hollow bail wire of the Saltiga. The two metal parts at the two ends of the bail wire are copies of the saltiga's too.
Photo 13 is a reel from a German company called Cormoran. Copies the color scheme, drilling in the stem, another fat bail wire to simulate the hollow one of the saltiga and the metals at the end of the bail wire.
Photo 14 is a Korean reel called Banax copying the holes in the handle where it meets the body, the two bulges on both sides of the body, the shape and lines of the body, the color scheme, yellow spool lip to emulate the titanium nitrate of the saltiga, the metals at both ends of the bail wire and an effort to make the handle look like the real thing, only it is two pieces, not a single machined piece as in the saltiga
Back to the Saltiga, on scale of 10 I rate it as follows:
Strength: 10/10 (Solid parts, well fitted and finished)
Durability: 9/10 (Durable metals & every moving part and friction point is on ball bearings)
Versatility: 8/10 (Surf, Jigging, distance casting but popping needs extra effort and trolling would be better with reels that have selective antireverse)
Features: 9/10 (click adjusted drag, rotor brake, waterproof, mechanical stopper and titanium lipped spool)
Build quality: 10/10