Finesse-Fishing.com is located in New York City, which is essentially locked down.
Package pickup has been suspended. My neighborhood post office is closed. I go outside as little as possible because I am in an "at risk" group.
Finesse-Fishing.com is still open, for now. Next shipments tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 (rain in the forecast).
Most international flights have been cancelled, so there is no ETA for out-of-stock items that come from Japan.
The Daiwa Purelist Rods are very similar to the higher-priced Wise Stream rods. Different reel seats and guides, and a bit more filler in the cork grips keeps the cost down, as does manufacturing in China rather than Vietnam, but the feel is very similar. The reel seats on the spinning rods are still natural wood, although they are not the fancy burl used in the Wise Stream rods and the wood grain is barely visible. For the baitcasters, the reel seat is cork composite for both the Wise Stream and the Purelist. The guides on the spinning rods are still Fuji K guides, but the rings are Alconite rather than SiC. Those differences will matter to some folks, but to others the $30-50 lower prices will matter a lot more. I see the same phenomenon with Daiwa's Area rods - the less expensive Iprimi series draws a lot more interest than the more expensive Area Bum series (despite the obvious cachet of the "Bum" name).
Speaking of the name, I think something got added in translation. The Purelist rods' name, written in Japanese, is ピュアリスト, which I would read as Purist. To me, Purist makes perfect sense for a rod name. Purelist not so much. It's not just a quirky Google translation, either. The spelling comes straight from Daiwa.
Ah, well, as Shakespeare wrote "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I suppose a rod by any other name would cast as sweetly. Whether the name is spelled Purist or Purelist, the rod is what it is. And what it is is a rod that is really quite inexpensive for a JDM rod.
The rods I purchased arrived just about the same time as the bitterly cold weather, so I have not given any of them stream time. Just wiggling them in the apartment, though, makes me believe that if you were blindfolded and handed a Purelist and a Wise Stream, you wouldn't be able to say which was which. That being the case, I know some people who would choose the Purelist in a heartbeat. I know others who, after opening their eyes, would choose the Wise Stream.
The Purelist series offers quite a number of choices ranging from a 4'8" UL to a 6'2" L. Unlike the Wise Stream rods, there are no telescopic rods. Most of the rods are two piece rods. There are two three-piece choices, and one two-piece baitcaster. The two piece rods are a bit less convenient, but they are a bit less money, too. Given that these rods are targeted to anglers who are on a budget, that makes good sense.
The Daiwa Purelist rods come in the following models:
5'2" UL 5'2" UL
All the Daiwa Purelist rods are rated for 2 - 6 lb lines. The UL rods are all rated for 1.5 - 7 gram lures (a little under 1/16 to 1/4 oz), while the L rods are all rated for 2-10 gram lures (a little over 1/16 to 3/8 oz).
Given the price point of the rods, I would probably pair the spinning rods with the Iprimi 2004 reel if I was planning to use 4 lb line or the Luvias 2506 if I was planning to use 6 lb line. The Luvias 2506 could handle either 4 or 6 lb line, and is a much nicer reel.
I guess the bottom line is this: if you want a JDM rod, but can't quite stomach JDM prices, these rods are serious contenders.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.