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03-21-2011, 01:58 PM
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LarryO
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
I recently went down to their office/fake rink and ordered a stick from them (I live in Vancouver, they're in a suburb), and asked them about their 2 pieces vs. 1 pieces. They mostly sell 1 piece sticks, but they are really a tapered blade and shaft bonded together firmly (like most "1 piece" sticks are). They said they are put together with "bondo", which from googling I assume is this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondo_(putty)

You can order them unbonded, as a tapered 2 piece, but since they are made to be put together with bondo they are a touch loose as 2 pieces, you would have to shim with tape. When you go in to try sticks out they have them as 2 pieces, shimmed with tape (so they can make any combo of height/flex/blade you want), and it performed like any other high end stick to me, but their employee said it's a slightly better fit/slightly better performance when held together with bondo. I ordered mine as a 1 piece, from some googling online it looks like bondo softens and can be removed with a heat gun, it was all with reference to cars (what bondo is mostly used for), but apparently when you heat it with a heat gun it gets soft and can be easily scraped off a car, so I'm guessing the same would be true with a stick. When either the shaft or blade breaks I don't think it should be too tough to turn it into a 2 piece with a heat gun and a piece of rebar to knock the blade out with.
Bondo is a company that makes a lot of different kinds of putties, resins, etc. for autobody work so it's hard to say exactly what he meant. Maybe he was just giving a very generic answer. Bondo uses mainly polyester resins but carbon fiber usually uses epoxy resins, so I would think that they most likely use some kind of epoxy.

When I received my blade and shaft, I noticed that they fit a bit loosely, not so much side-to-side but mostly front-to back, especially easy to see since the blade comes without any glue on the hosel. I guess these things indicate that their 2-piece solution was an afterthought. I added a few layers of tape only on the front and back of the hosel, covered it with hot glue, heated it up and inserted the blade. I've been playing 2-3 times a week for 2 months and it's still holding strong. There are a few chips in the finish from a few slashes and stick-lifting, but I guess the kevlar outer wrap is doing its job in stopping breakage so far. Time will tell.


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