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NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (---)
Date: April 18, 2020 07:52PM

Dear All,

Our soft touch grips are back in stock, they are sold as a kit with all of the arbors and trim pieces to finish a handle assembly.

On sale this weekend.

[northforkcomposites.com]

“Soft touch” because they feel like flor grade cork - like velvet.

Thanks,
Alex

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Mike Brill (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 05:30AM

What is the difference bettween the 1KEFXG9.75 Soft and the 3KEFXG9.75 Soft ?

It’s early and I must be missing it. Just don’t see any difference. Thanks

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Bob Ginther (162.245.179.---)
Date: April 19, 2020 08:18AM

Mike, the folks at NFC told me that the only difference between the "1" and the "3" models is cosmetic. The "1" has a smaller x-pattern, which is sort of visible on the website photos if you look close enough. I have the "1's" and I like them, but I need to find out what reel seats (size) they fit.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Pat Haley (---.newsourcebroadband.com)
Date: April 19, 2020 10:19AM

Last week I built 4 NFC X-Ray rods using the Soft Touch Grips. Tape was used instead of the arbors supplied. To install the grips using the tape the grips were installed from the butt end of the rod. This was due to the taper of the grips. The butt end of the grip has a smaller taper than the reel end has. The middle section has a smaller taper than the reel end, but not as small as the butt end taper. The grips installed does not fit under the reel seat but butts against the reel seat. Looking back, I could have used the arbor to go inside the reel seat and grip. The fit was almost perfect. Fished yesterday with the rods. The grips feel good in the hands and does not slip. It felt even better with the fishing gloves used.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Mark D Schulte (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 11:10AM

I agree with Pat. I've just built half dozen rods using these soft touch. My guys and myself included love em.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 11:31AM

No one has mentioning weight, balance, whether, or not they work in a rod holder as well as other designs. Not long ago these were considered important, even on sale they cost twice, the price of a like tube handles we were using before, and they weren't lighter than cork for the most part.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 12:58PM

Spencer,

Lighter than cork, more sensitive, will not degrade,

In our case - they feel like premium cork.

As a company (Edge/NFC) we moved to carbon fiber grips with the Black Widow rods in 2011, back then, Gary believed that carbon fiber grips are the future (not the heavy tubes offered everywhere, we started hand braiding our own because we could not find the right pre-Preg, with the right texture) and we believe that they are next evolution in grips.

We are certainly glad that others are jumping on board - in our case we go a step further, the trim Eva pieces are made by Piscari Cork in Washington, and so are the arbors.

Support local business, and buy American Made!



Spencer Phipps Wrote:
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> No one has mentioning weight, balance, whether, or
> not they work in a rod holder as well as other
> designs. Not long ago these were considered
> important, even on sale they cost twice, the price
> of a like tube handles we were using before, and
> they weren't lighter than cork for the most part.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/19/2020 12:59PM by Aleks Maslov.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 01:01PM

Thanks Mark!

Mark D Schulte Wrote:
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> I agree with Pat. I've just built half dozen rods
> using these soft touch. My guys and myself
> included love em.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 01:02PM

Bob,

That’s correct.

The smaller squares match better with some aesthetic builds than others, but both weigh the same, feel, and build the same.


Bob Ginther Wrote:
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> Mike, the folks at NFC told me that the only
> difference between the "1" and the "3" models is
> cosmetic. The "1" has a smaller x-pattern, which
> is sort of visible on the website photos if you
> look close enough. I have the "1's" and I like
> them, but I need to find out what reel seats
> (size) they fit.

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: April 19, 2020 01:06PM

Alex’s, I saw some carbon fiber grips made by NFC designed to fit the Fuji IPS reel seat. Will these grips be offered to the US market, if so when? I do like the IPS seat and would love to have CF grips for then
Norm

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Re: NFC soft touch grips are on sale!
Posted by: Aleks Maslov (50.35.82.---)
Date: April 19, 2020 01:07PM

Pat,

Thank you!

We designed them to press up against the reel seat (not to have a lip between the edge of the reelseat and the edge of the grip)

The folks that tested them for about a year before they were released found the lip “annoying”


Pat Haley Wrote:
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> Last week I built 4 NFC X-Ray rods using the Soft
> Touch Grips. Tape was used instead of the arbors
> supplied. To install the grips using the tape the
> grips were installed from the butt end of the rod.
> This was due to the taper of the grips. The butt
> end of the grip has a smaller taper than the reel
> end has. The middle section has a smaller taper
> than the reel end, but not as small as the butt
> end taper. The grips installed does not fit under
> the reel seat but butts against the reel seat.
> Looking back, I could have used the arbor to go
> inside the reel seat and grip. The fit was almost
> perfect. Fished yesterday with the rods. The grips
> feel good in the hands and does not slip. It felt
> even better with the fishing gloves used.

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