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Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: David Janes (---)
Date: May 09, 2020 07:02PM

I want to use a 12" x 1" cork rear grip and a 1" tapered fore grip on a JudgeML. It's butt DIA is .600. Is the cork grip thick enough to take the pressure or do I risk the cork failing? The rod will be spinning rod with a 5000 real meant to cast and free line baits to maki, small tunas, sailfish, and other reef fish.
Thanks for any and all input.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: May 09, 2020 08:16PM

The cork is supported by the blank underneath it. So there is nothing to fail.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: May 09, 2020 08:31PM

David,
Good choice.
The 1 inch didameter is a prefferd diameter by many fisher folks.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 10, 2020 01:49AM

Sometimes natural cork will have flaws that you do not see until you start turning it. The more you take off, the greater chance you have of finding it or breaking apart. I prefer to turn cork on a lathe first because of this. If it fails in an area I don't have to scrape it off the blank to start over. I have been turning the fine grain rubberized cork on many of my fore grips to about a 1/8" thickness. The rubberized and the burl corks don't usually have to many issues and can be very thin compared to natural cork.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Jonathan Hotham (---.hsd1.mi.comcast.net)
Date: May 10, 2020 04:14AM

I have two rods with sections of cork that have wall thickness less than 0.100". Turned while glued on the rod.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: May 10, 2020 08:44AM

If you don't turn them while glued onto the rod make sure you don't fit too tightly to the blank. If you have even a slight press fit the cork can fail in tension when you install it or even later on. You want a "glide" fit, where the grip slides easily onto the blank. But not a sloppy, loose , fit.

For ergonomics I like a larger OD than 1".

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: David Janes (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: May 10, 2020 09:27PM

Thanks for all the reply’s. I haven’t gotten into turning my own cork yet but it’s on the radar. Right now have enough projects and tools as it is. Now all I need to do is find an 8”-9” tapered fore grip. That’s why I have a feeling I might be learning to turn cork sooner then later. Again thanks for all your input

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: May 11, 2020 07:59AM

Lathe is best, but there is a way to safely turn cork on a drill press.

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: May 15, 2020 01:15AM

Have used a drill press for a lot of years , it works for me , [ vertical unit ]

William Sidney
AK

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Re: Cork grip diameter?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: May 15, 2020 08:49AM

David,
Ask one of the members of the forum to turn a grip for you that meets your specific specifications.

Take care

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