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How much hardship can a blank take
« on: August 26, 2011, 20:45:42 PM »
Looking again at Sandys' SBS and on the net I see some people advocate Keying the blank with a file when fitting the handle, this set me thinking about the make up of the carbon/ scrim whatever it's called.

By the way I sandpapered my blank prior to fitting handle 'cos I was scared.

What would constitute serious or potentialy serious harm to the blank? Apart from hitting it with a Shuggie of course  :z19

could over zealous filing create a stress fracture in the blank? would scratching any exposed section of blank only really be a cosmetic blemish on the rod (I'm assuming that it's not fatal if it only affects the colour coating)? I'm also thinking about the removal of epoxy residue with a blade when removing a ring - I guess you aim to leave the merest of epoxy film?



Re: How much hardship can a blank take
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011, 22:56:15 PM »
You'll be fine, use a fine file.  If you're filing the thick end it is unlikely that you'll cause any sort of stress fracture try not to score anything with a blade though.  Scratching the epoxy off will only leave a cosmetic mark but I'd try to use your nails and only take a blade to it if necessary.




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