Originally Posted by Brunner
What is the benefit of building a rod from a blank? Is it the price?
The TFO Pro rod is available in both methods and I was curious as to what would be the reasoning for not buying the complete rod. The rod is $149 with the blank being $74.
Building rods takes some investment if you are going to do it regularly. It is not just the cost of the blank. You need glues, epoxies, threads, guides, reel seats, a book, a wrapping station and a drying motor. If somebody wants to try building a rod just for fun your best bet is one of the kits that includes everything you need to make one rod. To wrap a TFO Pro as a first rod you can do it with not too much cost. You can use a card board box to hold the rod for wrapping. You can rig a single thread holder and have at it. If you don't have a drying motor you will probably have runs in the finish on your thread wraps. The quality of your first rod may not be the best but you will have fun doing it and the rod will catch fish.
As to cost savings. You won't realize much or any savings with a TFO rod but if you buy one of the top line rods you could save hundreds of dollars.