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Flock Cork ???

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I am familiar with cork tape and regular cork (rings), but what is flock cork that several have mentioned for handles??? Probaly would recognize it if I saw it...

 

Advantages or disadvantages to traditional cork for rod making... Thanks!

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It's a grip material originally found exclusively as foregrips on custom offshore trolling rods although now showing up, and used to fine effect, on inshore tackle. At it's heart is a typical glued-up grip, fashioned from the usual cork rings. This core material is then coated with a high grade of epoxy, into which short, fine, colored nylon fibers are imbedded in an electrostatic process.

 

Upsides... great looking, durable, resists stains, non-slippery, and - as any foregrip ought to be - solidly firm.

 

Downsides... only a couple; it's pretty pricey, only available in limited i.d. / o.d. combinations, and you need, of course, to work very carefully to ream them, dead-centered, to fit your particular blank.

 

[This message has been edited by Bill Klein (edited 08-02-2001).]

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