grips whether they are sold as Hypalon, Korkalon, Celtex,
or some other product line are extruded closed-cell material.
In other words, air bubbles are trapped within the foam composite
material in much the same way as with "packing peanuts"
used to mail articles. The only difference in these materials
is the density (or size and number of air bubbles trapped within
the core material) and the composition (mixture) of the materials,
which affects the "feel" or "softness" and resiliency
of the products.
In making a
custom rod or repairing a grip on a worn out rod, the crafter has
several choices: either purchase a preformed grip from a mail-order
catalog or order the "raw" material from a manufacturer.
Preformed material is available in "set piece" designs
and dimensions. On custom rods I prefer to turn a block of
raw material from an uncored turning square. This gives me the added
advantage of being able to join dissimilar colors to create designs
or inlays in the final grip, customizing it to match or contrast
with the blank and the guide wraps. Uncored material obviously
provides a greater gluing surface and also allows for more intricate
blocks are available from several manufacturers, the most prominent
of which is Dale Clemens Custom Tackle in Allentown, PA. Mud
Hole Custom Tackle has just introduced another source
of mulicolor, wood grain appearance, EVA foam grip material at a
reasonable cost. For further information, please refer to the Links
shows you how these grips are made and attached to the blank.
& Lathe Foam