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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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Doug,

 

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

imperfections.

 

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.

 

Al

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