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AL,I RECENTLY PURCHASED AGSB1201L FROM A ONLINE SOURCE.WHEN I RECIEVEDTHE BLANK I NOTICED THE BUTT END HAD A BUILD UP OF GRAPHITE ABOUT AN INCH LONG.I WAS TOLD IT WAS FROM THE BLANK BEING PUSHED OFF THE MANDREL. IS THIS TRUE? ALSO I NOTICED A SLIGHT SCRATH IN THE BLANK .ITS PROBEBLY NOTHING BUT HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF IT IS A SCRATCH OR THE START OF A CRACK.

THANKS AL.

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Clearly, you have a "Blem". The build up of the graphite at the butt can be cut off. However, I would carefully look at that scratch.

 

Run your fingernail carefully over the scratch. If your fingernail goes down into the scratch you have a problem. The blank wall has been weakened and will eventually break.

 

That is one of the problems with blems. In addition, I would thoroughly check the rest of the blank for any more scratches or bubbles in the surface. This would indicate additional problem spots.

 

Al

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As Al stated, blanks from Lamiglas with the nub on the butt end are blems and are not warrantied like the first quality blanks. New Lamiglas first quality blanks come in a plastic sleeve with a tag on the tip end of the plastic denoting the blank and a printed label on the very butt end also with the blank model on it.

 

TimS

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