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St. Croix Rods...and crooked blanks

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What gives with ST. Croix and their crooked noodles?? I see rods all the time from them that are NOT straight...never noticed any other manufacturer with such problems. Makes me very wary to order any rod / blank without seeing it first. Oh...and lets not forget crooked eyes..and such! DougC

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The straightness of a blank is an issue that all blank manufacturers must deal with.


Manufacturers typically grade there blanks as follows:


- Blank quality - the straightest of all

blanks and are sold as blanks only.


- Rod quality - not as straight as "blank

quality", these blanks are used for

production rods.


- factory blems - rods rejected for

straightness and/or cosmetic



Each blank manufacturer sets their own quality standards for grading blanks. The more expensive manufacturers like Loomis and Lamiglass have higher standards. You get what you pay for.



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