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Blem Blanks
Posted by: Ken Fleischmann (---.customerip.birch.net)
Date: August 13, 2018 02:45PM

I used to purchase inexpensive blemished hollow graphite blanks from a shop in Milwaukee ,WI. They were a 2 pc 9' flyrod blank. I believe they were approximately 5-7 wt. I used the tip end (54") to make inline ice rods with Stillfish Reels. The shop where I bought them for a number of years can no longer get them. Any help/suggestions???

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Chuck McIntyre (---)
Date: August 13, 2018 03:29PM

Try buying ice rod blanks. Or consider sourcing them from current manufacturers. Realize,that if you source them from current manufacturers,you won't have a warranty,which is probably no different than before. You may need to meet minimum requirements,such as 50 pieces at a time. That would likely be the same as having a manufacturer do a special run of just extra tip sections for you.
You could also surf the big @#$%& sites.

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: August 13, 2018 06:03PM

Ken,
Just as a way of doing business, more and more manufacturers simply scrap out a blank that has a blem.

As much as anything they do not want a blank out there that may be mistaken as one of their official factory release products and folks see a defect in the product.

So, if the blem is destroyed, no bad product in the common market.

Good luck

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Ken Fleischmann (---.customerip.birch.net)
Date: August 14, 2018 07:42AM

Chuck:

Thanks for the reply. I have never found a 54" ice rod blank. All I have found were shorter. I was more looking doer a specific source. Possibly I'm searching for a unicorn but I'll keep searching. Thanks again.

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Ken Fleischmann (---.customerip.birch.net)
Date: August 14, 2018 07:47AM

Roger:

Thanks for the reply. I am aware of the anomalies associated with blem blanks and the stigma related to a manufacturer. I was more looking to see if anyone had a specific source. Mine dried up but I'm thinking they are still out there somewhere....Thanks again.

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Paul Darby (---)
Date: August 14, 2018 11:09AM

Cast offs, blem's and salvage have long been the fodder of innovation practice material of new concept rod designs for me and many of my students for a long time. Its a very attractive way to bring in new interests to rod building.

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Ken Fleischmann (---.customerip.birch.net)
Date: August 14, 2018 11:26AM

Paul:

Thanks for the reply. Again, I posted to try to find out specifically where to get these blem blanks!!?? Where do you get yours?

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Re: Blem Blanks
Posted by: Paul Darby (---)
Date: August 14, 2018 02:32PM

There is place in Florida that handles seconds but its strictly a cash and carry operation, they don't pick, pull or ship any blanks. Actually a friend of a friend of mine found some very low demand blanks I was in desperate want of and they had them. Brand new thirty year old stock just doesn't turn up that often. Having cleared out a couple supply houses (that didn't take much) I made 1000 mile week end round trip for left over inventory. The place is, Bridgemaster fishing products. Lake Wales, fl. www.fishermanscandystore.com

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