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I was sitting around last night contemplating cork knobs and oversized knobs and it occurred to me, there cant be that much to it. Long story short the first knob was made out of an old wine cork to see if it could be done, this V2 set was made from new corks made for bottling Belgium beer. Really dense stuff and stronger than a single piece of natural cork.

Pretty happy with how these came out. They incorporate the original collar out of the stock knobs, so all strength is still there, basically replaced the soft rubber with cork.

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Cool idea and yes great craftsmanship

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Those would be sweet on a good crankin reel. I like bigger handles and grips. Seems to cut down on hand fatigue. Plus those should have a whole lot more grip when wet than the standard knobs. Nicely done.

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Thanks guys. It was a pretty simple matter. The original knobs have a hard plastic collar inside the soft rubber, I just stripped the soft rubber off and trimmed the collar down to circular. Worth trying out if you have an extra set of knobs.

NGaHB

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Nice Work! Scott Hovenec made these for me:

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Those look great J, I think one would make a huge difference on my spinning reel, but the handle is pressed on unfortunately.

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Those would be sweet on a good crankin reel. I like bigger handles and stupid. Seems to cut down on hand fatigue. Plus those should have a whole lot more grip when wet than the standard knobs. Nicely done.

Just reread this....lol "stupid" is supposed to be "grips"......dang auto correct on phone.....

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Just reread this....lol "stupid" is supposed to be "grips"......dang auto correct on phone.....

Fixed it for ya. ;)

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Hey John, that's not a very god pic of them. Here's one that's not much better!!

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Niceee. They've held up real well, especially considering they're either getting used or on the deck of my boat whenever I'm out.

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Great job N.GA, I have a baitcaster that is ready for landfill that I may try that on, you may get a PM from me looking for some tips...LOL.

Awesome work Bud!

For sure man, Let me know if you need any ideas. One thing Ill tell you, if the knobs dont come off with a screw its going to be a good bit harder to get it workin right.

Fished for around 5 hours today, they held up well to the fishing and a few fish, much more comfortable, no slipping anymore. I'm happy.

That checkered pattern looks really nice Hovanec, Ill have to get on the lathe and see about turning some. What kind of chuck do you use to connect to cork?

NGaHB

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What kind of chuck do you use to connect to cork?

I have a jig to cut the checker pieces. Then I glue them back together and turn them on a 3/8" mandrel.

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whats the easiest way to cut the cork out of the middle? to fit the grip holders

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whats the easiest way to cut the cork out of the middle? to fit the grip holders

Drill press will work, but boring it on a lathe works way better.

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thanks for the help.. i started the hole off with a small nail.. then worked up to a bigger screw and reparted going up to the alittle bit small than the size i needed.. then i took a drill bit and got all the cork out.. worked like a champ took a while but it was fun and now i have sweet cork knobs.. soo now to putting some desgins on what can i use im guess a sharpy but im sure it will take a while until i could use it..or im thinking not bc it might run if i get water on which is almost impossible to do

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Thanks guys. It was a pretty simple matter. The original knobs have a hard plastic collar inside the soft rubber, I just stripped the soft rubber off and trimmed the collar down to circular. Worth trying out if you have an extra set of knobs.

NGaHB

hey man thanks for posting this i did the same tonight and not have some pretty sweet cork knobs on my bait caster.. im sure its going to help alot with my hand cramping up from the small knobs that were on there before..

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whats the easiest way to cut the cork out of the middle? to fit the grip holders

If Im understanding you right, I used a drill to bore out the area for the plastic collar to go into. I drilled smaller than the plastic collar and pressure fitted it in with some glue to reinforce. Took a few to get it plum in all directions, a drill press would be best.

NGaHB

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hey man thanks for posting this i did the same tonight and not have some pretty sweet cork knobs on my bait caster.. im sure its going to help alot with my hand cramping up from the small knobs that were on there before..

I'm loving the bigger size too, keeps my hands from cramping a few hours into fishing

NGaHB

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