Hey, we’re now selling down and out of ALL snakes & tips & all-metal stripping guides. Stock up while we’ve got them. Once we can’t service complete size runs in any snake variant, we’ll start discounting that format of snake.
Hard Chrome (Bright) Snakes are SOLD OUT in size #1, so that entire group is now on sale in the remaining sizes.
The Super Hard Chrome, Black Chrome, and TiGOLD snakes are of excellent quality for the money. Feet tend to need a little work, but overall these guides are a very good value. The Titanium Carbide (TiCH) coated guides are superb. The low friction TiCH coating is durable and good-looking, glossy, gunmetal gray. The feet of the TiGOLD & TiCH guides have not been ground, allowing the rodmaker to shape them perfectly with a little elbow grease. The most recent batches of these guides have minimal, but noticeable grinding on them…you still have the wonderful opportunity to make these feet perfect. Like any craft process, there’s a learning curve, but the result is worth the effort.
The various finishes within a given style all hover in the same ballpark sizewise; these are very specific measurements, but they are only a general guideline because there is slight, but discernable, variety from guide to guide, from batch to batch over the years. Below are measurements taken from one exemplar guide of each size. For each triplet of specs, I’m giving length from toe tip to toe tip, then height from the bottom of the feet to the top of the loop with both measurements rounded to the nearest 0.005″ increment, and finally there is the wire O.D. Worth noting: guides have a little “spring” to them…the length is measured with the least possible compression but loop height is measured with the feet compressed to the lower jaw of my dial caliper, i.e., with the feet flat, as they would be under pressure from a guide wrap.
TiCH Standard Wire:
2/0 0.750″ x 0.220″ x 0.028″
1/0 0.800″ x 0.255″ x 0.028″
1 0.815″ x 0.295″ x 0.028″
2 0.870″ x 0.330″ x 0.035″
3 0.995″ x 0.375″ x 0.035″
4 1.065″ x 0.415″ x 0.039″
5 1.125″ x 0.455″ x 0.040″
6 1.230″ x 0.480″ x 0.047″
Pictured left to right: TICH, black, chrome, TiGOLD