Cork handle is darker than a brand new one, as is the case with any rod that has seen some time on the water, but has no notable issues cork missing, etc. Original Meiser rod sock and rod tube included. As pictured, the name "Lon Christianson" is printed on the handle section - done by Meiser at the time of the rod's build. This is an original custom factory first item - not a second. We are a full service fly shop in Milwaukee, WI who has been serving the United States and beyond since 1988.We've been in business for over 30 years - put your trust in us! The item "Meiser Highlander S2H13068C-4 13'0 7wt 450-750gr Two Handed Fly Fishing Rod" is in sale since Friday, July 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Fishing\Rods\Fly Fishing Rods". The seller is "flyfishwi" and is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped worldwide.