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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Drew Longnecker (---.cust.exede.net)
Date: May 08, 2020 05:40AM

Most of the what I build are inshore spinning and fly rods. Done cork, exotic wood combinations and westerns red cedar. I find the cedar is not as light as cork or carbon fiber but not far off. I also like the various color combinations you can find in the wood.

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: May 08, 2020 07:53AM

Cork trees need to grow for 50 years or so before they produce usable, quality cork. I am unaware of any major initiative to enlarge cork oak groves in the last 100 years or so.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/08/2020 08:01AM by Phil Ewanicki.

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 08, 2020 05:16PM

Actually Phil, it is half that! A cork tree can be harvested after 25 years and the about every 8 to 14 years thereafter. They live to around 200 years.

It is a myth that there is a cork shortage, in fact there is concern that if the wine industry moves away from cork, the cork forestes will have to be abandoned.

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: larry basilio (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: May 08, 2020 05:43PM

cork for me

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: May 08, 2020 08:26PM

SMH

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Todd Andrizzi (---.slkc.qwest.net)
Date: May 09, 2020 11:35AM

I'm a traditional old guy. I was raised fishing and hunting and have great memories of that as a child. It was always cork back then and I still prefer it....maybe in a way to honor my Pa who loved and respected the outdoors and wildlife. I don't think I will ever build on anything else. I especially don't like the black foam type handles. It appears cheap and cheesy to me. Also...I don't build rods to just look at. I use them and enjoy them so to spend big money on a handle...very doubtful. Thanks for posing the question. makes me think of happy, simpler times!

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: May 10, 2020 07:53AM

The 25 year harvest is for 3/4" bottle corks, not rod grips. It may be the demand for cork from wine bottlers is decreasing, but the price of decent cork (old-growth cork) for rod handles has done nothing but increase a lot, even for poor quality cork. If demand for cork is decreasing the price increases are due to greed and avarice, not supply and demand.

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 10, 2020 05:13PM

Actually Phil, most bottle corks are much longer than 3/4" ! Wine corks are taken from the bark as plugs the same direction as grip rings. That said, grip cork can actually be harvested thinner than that for wine corks!

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: woody osborne (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: May 12, 2020 03:28PM

i like eva for everything except cork for fly rods.

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: May 16, 2020 04:51PM

eva is good on cork if it,s flocked..in fact it,s pretty good on anything if it,s flocked..

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: May 16, 2020 04:56PM

ben belote Wrote:
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> eva is good on cork if it,s flocked..in fact it,s
> pretty good on anything if it,s flocked..

i mean it,s good on flyrods if it,s flocked not cork..

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Re: Your favorite handle material
Posted by: Mike Laver (---.home4.cgocable.net)
Date: May 18, 2020 05:55PM

Amboyna and birch bark, finish with Truoil

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