Rod Kits

By Tom Kirkman

Here's a question from Volume 4, Issue #4 Issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

"I want your honest opinion of rod kits. I have built several rods, all rod kits and have gotten decent results. I am being told that kits are not as good as if I bought everything separately. . . Frank, Los Gatos, CA"

There is no doubt that if you desire to end up with a particular rod, and you know how to select the proper components, you will end up with a better group of components if you choose each one separately. Of course, this requires some rod building experience and knowledge which can often take some time to acquire. In this instance many rod builders get good results from rod building "kits." The real trick is in getting a kit that has been put together by someone who really cared! Most blank makers do not package their blanks along with a kit so when you purchase something like this it has usually been put together by the people selling the kit.

For this reason I recommend choosing and using the services of a blank and component supplier who can give you individual attention. Tell them exactly what you want to build and reply upon their expertise to gather the things that their own experience tells them will work for your application. Nine times out of ten I'll bet you'll be happy with what they select for you. ~ Tom Kirkman

Publishers note:
If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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