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- PE 1.0 - 25lb / 12kg
- PE 1.5 - 35lb / 16kg
- PE 2.0 - 45 lb / 20kg
- PE 2.5 - 50 lb / 22kg
- PE 3.0 - 55 lb / 25kg
- PE 4.0 - 65 lb / 30kg
- PE 5.0 - 75 lb / 34kg
- PE 6.0- 90 lb / 40kg
- PE 7.0 - 100lb / 45kg
- PE 8.0 - 110 lb / 50kg
The evolution of glass blanks in recent years has been enormous, and it has corresponded with a resurgence in the popularity of glass.
There are dramatic differences between the old and new production techniques and materials.
Old fashioned glass rods were traditionally made with a woven fabric: E-glass (Electrical-grade Glass). When laying up a rod with woven fabric, typically 80% of the fibre will travel in the direction of the rod (the direction of 'effort'), and 20% will travel around the rod. So you get a situation where you have more fibre running off-axis than you want. The other main disadvantages of woven fabric are that the weaving of the fibres, weakens them, and that they tend to be more resin-rich because of their 'lofty' nature.
Our new generation of glass rods are made with uni-directional (i.e. one directional) S-glass (Strength Glass). The fabric is 30% stronger, and stiffer than E-glass, and the main advantage of using it is that, as its name suggests, the fibres run in the one direction you want them to: down the length of the rod. Just like our native New Zealand flax, it's exceptionally strong and impossible to tear across the direction of the fibre.
The other benefits of S-glass are that it has a lower resin content and has no kinks, and because it’s so strong, we don’t need as much material to make each rod. Many people remark on how light our new glass rods are, compared with the heavy glass rods of the past.
- The low end of the grain window would most often be applied by those casters that will be sourcing power from the top 2/3 of the blank. Some casters may refer to this as 'tip casting' or casting off the tip of the rod
- Casting off the tip of the rod is often applied by those casters that will wish to deliver light grained shooting heads utilizing minimal anchor at both the D and dangle release. This is typical of classic Scandinavian style touch-and-go technique. This delivery is best performed with a very economic compact stroke, minimal caster expended energy, and predominant power sourced from the lower hand.
- The high end of the grain window would most often be applied by those casters who will wish to distribute power and grain load in such a way as to utilise the full work capability of the entire blank; taking power well into the cork. Some casters may refer to this as 'butt loading' or deep loading the rod.
- This is best demonstrated in two scenarios: