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Default Re: cork, & why it's so expensive

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Originally Posted by williamhj View Post
No I believe it regenerates just fine, but they watch when and how they harvest it to protect the tree. I think they have to wait till a tree is 20 or so years old before the first harvest and then the second comes 10 or so years after. This continues for the life of the tree, which can be over 150 years I believe.
William you are correct, the trees regenerate every 9 years and it is the third generation and beyond that produces higher grade cord. It's a shame that they waste that cork on wine bottles and not as much on grips for fly rods. Some people like the natural look, I like the quality of the cork on the latest Hardy Zenith. I've picked up a couple of rods lately that can't match the quality of my Zenith.
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