a component of a finished rod and we only put serial numbers on rods that we finish here at the Sage factory
fiberglass and graphic fly rods (which also usually contain fiberglass) are produced by wrapping sheets of graphite and fiberglass around a carefully tapered steel rod (called a mandrel). The hollow rod that results from this process is called a blank. It has no guides, ferrules or reel seat.
A naked rod shaft. The shaft upon which a handle and guides are added to create a fishing rod.
Wood roughly sawn to size for a specific purpose (the making of felloes (q.v.) Shafts (q.v.) or spokes (q.v.)).
the shaft of the fishing rod that functions as the body. It is stout and stiff at the butt area and flexible at the tip. Ordinarily the rod blank is composed of two halves; the bottom portion represents the butt.
the main component of a finished fishing rod, minus the guides and handle.