This question is from Volume 6, Issue #6 of RodMaker
I only use cork for my rod handles and prefer to use the
very best, but it seems like the grading system and grade
names vary between suppliers. Can you explain to me how
to read the various grade listings? Thanks. Charlie...Gadsen, AL.
Unfortunately, there is no across the board rating
system for cork ring quality. One company's AAA is
somebody else's AA. One company's Flor Grade is
somebody else's Special Grade. The names and ratings
given are not held to any particular set of standards.
About the best I can recommend is to buy a handful of
rings from various supplier as samples. Find the ones
you like the best and go back and buy a larger quantity.
Then stick with that particular supplier as you need
more cork in the future.
One thing that does need to be said, however, is that
cork is a natural product and its quality varies from
shipment to shipment, from time to time.