Hardy Birchwood Priest review

If you're going to bludgeon a trout to death before you take it home to eat it, you may as well murder it quickly, humanely and in style with a Hardy Birchwood Priest.

Hardy Birchwood Priest review
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Hardy Birchwood Priest review
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Hardy Birchwood Priest review
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That's one fancy looking priest...

Yes, the Hardy Birchwood Priest is the Rolls Royce of priests. Ordinarily, I wouldn't buy something quite so fancy, but I got this one as a free upgrade when the more mainstream aluminium one I'd ordered was out of stock.

For a brief moment I thought about sending it back, until I realised it was worth about twice the price of the one I'd ordered and was a work of art in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

What's the build quality like?

It's beautiful. It's got a brass core to add extra weight and the birch wood is stunning and resin impregnated.

This gives it a heavy, glossy appearance and it looks and feels like a very well made and expensive product.

The Hardy castle logo is on the bottom, there's a leather lanyard to prevent it shooting out of your hand when you're clonking a trout on the noggin and there's a little thumb indent designed to help you improve your accuracy.

Does it work well?

It's a heavy, blunt object and despatches trout as quickly and humanely as any other heavy, blunt object. The only difference with the Hardy Birchwood Priest is that you do it in a bit more style.

On a serious note though, a decent priest is important. To humanely despatch your catch you want to give it a couple or three hard, sharp blows to the skull to make sure it's killed quickly and doesn't suffer. This priest lets you do that.

Would you buy a Hardy Birchwood Priest again?

The Hardy Birchwood Priest costs £24.99, which is about twice as much as your average priest. However, it's a stunning object, it's going to last an angler a lifetime and would probably make any fly fisher happy if they were to receive one as a gift.

Personally, a £10-15 priest would do me fine, but there's no denying this is a cracking little clonker.

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