Friday, April 21, 2017

fCJB "Prototype" with Titanium RSOL guides

A couple of months back we started sourcing for some jigging blanks for local waters as there are not many choices of blanks here. Not all the blanks available here are good for jigging.

We managed to make a deal with this factory in China where they produces blanks for some big players in the region. This reputable OEM factory does have a MOQ in order for them to run production for my blanks. 

After a few rounds of blanks sampling and testing, we have decided on the taper, raw material and rod finishing for the blanks.

We wanted to have slimmer blanks and thus, the blank wall have to be thick enough to take the loading and torturing of ripping shear force when the rod is loaded. 

Then came the so called prototype design of the rod. Simple trigger reel seat with cork grip.

Rear view of the rear cork grip.

Setting up of the handle. Noticed the EVA butt at the end? It will be changed to a rubberized butt later on for some reason.

The requirement of guides should robust, light and rust-free. 
We decided to load the rod with SG titanium RSOL guides. A compatible to Fuji Torzite and cheaper...

After assembling the handle, a coat of cork seal was applied to the cork grip.

Wrapping above the fore grip.

Hand scratch rod identity

Wrapping up the guides.

Double check before epoxy

Epoxy to guide wrappings

Cured for 24 hours before seeing the sun light...

Simple black thread wrapping over the guides

Rubberized butt fixed. The rubberized butt is much heavier the EVA butt and we needed the weight to counter balance the rod. 

Balancing act. Now that is why we need to have a heavier behind.

The overall completed rod weigh in at 199 grams, but it felt light in the hand and your arms will be less fatigue when using it. 

(2017 - 6 )

Monday, April 17, 2017

MHX custom built for Old School Pistol Grip handle

Yet another MHX  blank for this project. A 6-12lb 6'6" shorten roughly about 6" to accommodate the pistol grip to make the overall length of the rod at 6'6"

The aluminum ferrule was custom made to fit the blank and the design of the  follows the standard aluminum ferrule available in the market.

The butt of the blank fitted nicely to the ferrule. 

Testing fitting to the pistol grip

ALPS zirconium guides

Guide line up..

Black with metallic gold thread trimming

Wrapping at decal area

This will be another fun rod on the pistol grip....

( 2017-5 )

Friday, March 24, 2017

BLACK Charcoal - Jigging Rod


I was supposed to build up this sample blank for testing last year but had to postponed it so that I could clear some of the back logs orders and rod repair works.

This jigging rod will be as simple as it will get.. It will have the basic trimming and nothing more..  Minimalist...

Standard fuji trigger KDPS reel seat #20, foregrip , rear grip and the fighting butt

Jigging handle setup

One of the common problem of salt water rod is the rusting of the guides.
Of course, it may not be an instant problem but it will weaken the guide foots and who knows when it will fall apart.

I used SG Titanium RSOL guides for this rod. Titanium frame for rust free and the RSOL rings are thinner compared to normal ceramic rings. It has superior thermal conductivity and high friction toughness. All I can say is that it is comparable to Fuji Torzite but a relatively cheaper.

An under layer wrapping was done and coated with epoxy before the guides  placed  and wrap over it.

Static load test before epoxying the guide.  Load testing on the spiral guides to check the guide tilting angle and also the guide spacing

Rod decal.

Epoxy wrapping finishes on the guides

Spiral guide placement 

Rear view of the rod.

Butt section

The completed rod

And this rod weighs at 190 grm.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cork Handle extension - EVERGREEN

A heavy poundage rod with a short handle really will irk the angler when not able to control the rod when fighting a 'big' fish. Some prefer not to use it anymore and just put it aside as it is troublesome to get the butt extended.

Recently I have this butt extension project for a 8-20 pounder rod with a full cork handle.  Need to extend 3 1/2". 

This is the original condition and length of the rod.

One section of the cork ring have to be sacrificed in order to remove the butt cap. 

After the butt cap was removed, insertion of the extended blank are done.
Then the cork rings are stacked and glued to the blank.

After 24 hours, the cork handle was lathed carefully  so that the shape of the new cork handle matches the old handle. This will give a seamless joint between the old and new handle.

The holes are then patched before the handle is coated with the cork seal.
Last, to glue the butt cap back to position.

Friday, March 3, 2017

MHX Medium action spiral baitcasting rod

Another full cork rear handle rod in the making. Many prefers this kinda cork handle nowadays. I don't know why... maybe it's trending now. Why not EVA? Why cork? Is it better??  For all I know, it's still a very personal preference. Some love it and some don't...

Stacked cork ready to be latch..

Testing fitting the components before putting them together.

I have to make sure that all really fits well before epoxying them together.
Normal I will do this a few times , just to be sure.

These guides are from ALPS with zirconium rings. Had no problem with them for all the rods that I have built . Spiral guide placement.


EVA fore grip with MHX decal in the front.

Another closer look at the handle.


Overall view of the handle. Very simple.

 .....and finishing it off with a big M..............Matagi butt cap