Can you identify this reel?

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    Have 2 of them (35mm) that came with other items. Went to try one out a day or so ago and found it loads as good (or even a bit better) than my Hewes reel. Not one 4 letter word when loading an entire roll!

    It's about as heavy as the Hewes, so heavier gauge stainless steel than most reels. No name on it that I could find. Has 2 posts to engage the film sprocket holes.

    I'd love to find some in 120.
     

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    My 120 Hewes reels have the word "Hewes" engraved on them in the faintest engraving possible, so it may be that the pictured reels are Hewes too.

    And what would the two prongs engage with in a 120 reel :smile:.?

    (The Hewes 120 reels have a spring loaded clip).
     
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    My 35mm Hewes reel has a flat piece of stainless steel with 2 triangular prongs to catch the sprocket holes. "Hewes" is pretty clearly marked on the flat surface. It's a relatively newer reel, so earlier one could be different.

    Good point about the non-existent sprocket holes in 120; I wasn't thinking it through. But I would assume the maker of these reels made decent 120 reels also - if they made them at all.
     
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    Check the straight steel stiffening bars.

    Attached is an image of a 120 reel, showing the engraving on the horizontal bar (sorry about the focus).
     

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    You are good!

    No wonder it loads as easy (or better) as my Hewes - it is one. Definitely different than the one I recently bought (like this), but it's marked "Hewes" on the horizontal bar as you indicated. I was looking for markings in the center and did not see any.