Handles and grips
Most new commercial rods have handles of foam or heat shrink.
Cork was less used, but is recently more demanded and applied.
A rod with handles of cork has (I think) a much nicer appearance than one with foam handles, although this is a personal choice.
Recently one asks me often to chance rods with foam or shrink tubing handles into cork handles.
The rods therefore gets a better view and yet a greater added value.
Cork is a natural product and feels warm and soft.
Of course I also place foam and heat shrink handles.
Every one has his own personal taste of course
See below different grip materials
There are 4 types of heat shrink tubing available.
Plain shrink sleeve with soft skinny feel.
Plain black rubber shrink tube.
Heat shrink tubing with X pattern, blue.
Heat shrink tubing with X pattern. Black.