Ive been wondering what the deal is with feather inlay on rods.... I know what they are but why do people do it? Why is it so common? Is there a history to it? A couple of thoughts going through my head.... While it is asthetically pleasing to many, it really doesn't make the rod. I just can't beleive that is the ONLY reason that its a common practice. Because if it is done solely for beauty, why not other things? Why do I just see feathers? There's lots of cool things to personalize/beautify a rod. It could have originally had another purpose, but it was a tradition carried on and no one really knows the funtion, but it looks nice so why not? It might have originally been done as a sort of signature? Some sort of good luck charm? Some sort of mimicing: a few builders did it for kicks, but they were held in high regard as builders so people mimic that behavior?