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    glue marks

    So I'm researching bamboo rods and I find myself asking, "How do glue marks affect the value of a bamboo rod?"

    Anybody know?

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    Re: glue marks

    Quote Originally Posted by golden beetle View Post
    So I'm researching bamboo rods and I find myself asking, "How do glue marks affect the value of a bamboo rod?"

    Anybody know?
    Well... It's like a car. What if there were blemishes in the paint job? The car still functions the way it's supposed to but since you just purchased a new car, why settle for anything less than perfect?

    My father is a stickler for this. He's got a little arsenal of bamboo rods. If the rod doesn't meet his specs, he returns them and tells the builder to make it right. He checks all of his rods under a light with a magnifine glass. BUILDERS BEWARE!

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    Re: glue marks

    Dennis, I like your dad based on what you say about him in this post!

    I agree that for a bamboo rod, aesthetic beauty is at a premium, and that glue marks seriously detract from that beauty.


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    Re: glue marks

    Glue marks are to a bamboo rod what skid marks are to a pair of underwear...... a catastrophic flaw...........to be avoided at all costs......

    Hell no and it aint over now.......

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    Re: glue marks

    Glue lines are do to three things.
    In correct angles that are not true.
    Chips in the strip due to dull plane blades or poor planing
    and poor binding in the glue up procces.
    Some of the glue used in the past left a slight purple glue line and was aceptable as it was part of the gluing process.
    Modern rods do not have this problem as the glue is clear to slightly tan.
    A quality Rod should not exhibit any visible glue lines.
    and should look like this.





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    Re: glue marks

    Hey Ronbo. Glad you mentioned the historical reference. Old hide glues were usually the cause. I agree that with modern, clear glues, this should not be a problem and I would question the maker as well if a new rod had any lines showing. I have a Featherlite that I restored with a 30's vintage. It has glue lines for sure but still throws a nice line after all this time.

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