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JimW 03-29-2002 12:38 PM

Fighting butt
I'm spinning up a 7wt St. Croix ultra legend. Burled cork handle shaped on the blank, with the help of a friend. Thanks Pete! I'm even thinking of attemping a simple diamond butt wrap. I want to make a small fighting butt out of the burled cork, I think I can handle that. My dillema is what to use to seal the end of the butt. I'll have 2 burled cork rings on the blank below the reel seat. Anyone know a source for composite (rubberized) cork material or have any creative ideas to cap off the end?

saltRon 03-29-2002 02:04 PM

Fighting Buts
Jim Rubberized Cork material can be found at companies selling and manufacturing custom gaskets and seals. You may not be able to find the total thickness you want but you could build it up and the form to shape.

If you want a solid rubber tip look to Medical supply stores and you may find a replacement crutch tip or cane tip that would fit your requirement. Some metal furniture also have tips of the type you are looking for.

Good Luck saltRon

JimW 03-29-2002 02:20 PM

Thanks Ron,

I'm leaning towards cork, the gasket material may do the trick.

Anyone else have an idea?

John Desjardins 03-29-2002 10:43 PM

Jim, Look at rubberized cork sheets in a craft store. I can send you a couple of pieces of thin sheet if you want to play with it. The gasket material that Ron talks about will be higher quality.

JimW 03-30-2002 10:46 AM

Thanks guys.

Any of you experimented with cork tape like the stuff used on surf rods? Do you stack the gasket material on top of itself? I'd like to get at least 3/8" thickness on the end of the rod.

John Desjardins 04-03-2002 11:55 AM

Jim I happened to find a Mud Hole catalog in my desk today that has a cork/rubber butt ring, part # RCR500, 1 1/4" OD, 1/4" ID for $1.25. It should be something that Smitty could get for you.

JimW 04-03-2002 12:22 PM

Thanks A Lot John! That should do the trick.

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