The first step is to drink a bottle of wine . The best the wine, the best the corks will be.
I know there are a few connoisseurs around ( Todoroki-san told me he has tasted ALL the French wines) For tenkara I don’t hesitate to open a few bottles.
The same-kawa is then glued around the cork with epoxy and wraped with tape while the epoxy dries. You can smooth the handle with sandpaper if needed., that’s matter of taste.
Your rod is ready for fishing without slipping when you have wet hands ; and it has now a gorgeous touch
I found two spellings of samegawa. I don’t know what the difference is between them.
鮫皮 (Samegawa) & 鮫革 (Samegawa) The first translates as - shark skin, the second as - shark leather. Though I have doubts if it is an accurate translation.
I found a few Japanese websites with fly or bait rods with same-gawa covering on some part of the rod. But not a single example of it used on a tenkara rod.
[ 竿・鮫皮グリップ作り方 . 竿・鮫皮グリップ 交換 ]
Jean may have made one of the most unique tenkara rod in the world, the only one with a same-gawa grip.
David, thank you for the kind words, but I don’t think so. I’ve seen bamboo rods(not tenkara) with stingray ornaments before making this one . But I couldn’t find the website again.
The wine corks are also used by Japanese tenkara anglers. Have a look at 9 seconds in this video.
It was funny for me seeing a Japanese angler that drink Paul Jaboulet’s wine . It’s a Côtes du Rhone made a few kilometres from my home
The whole video is nice, all the family is fishing , kids, dad, mother , and grandfather …