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Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:50 pm
by mhackney
In addition to my interest in reels and reel making, I am a big advocate for tenkara - a form of traditional Japanese fly fishing. I designed and printed this line holder to store the line. There are commercial versions similar to this available but mine are very small and light, biodegradable PLA, and I can make the bore fit my rods perfectly. Plus they are fun to print!

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I've uploaded the line holder to Thingiverse.

Cheers,
Michael

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:48 pm
by mhackney
And here's the evolution of my tenkara line holder:

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They have made quite a stir on the tenkara group on Facebook. Looks like I'll be producing these for sale. I might need another printer!

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:42 pm
by Eaglezsoar
You might need another building! You haven't even begun to print the telescoping rod. (and think of the thousands of flies)

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:50 pm
by mhackney
It's remarkable - I wasn't planning to offer these for sale but I had so many people literally beg me to sell them some. And every order so far has been for 5 spools each. At this rate I might need to build another Rostock! And some of the other guys are asking what printer I recommend... No contest on that! SeeMeCNC Rostock Max baby!

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:57 pm
by bubbasnow
Is that 0mm skin thickness?

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:58 pm
by Eaglezsoar
mhackney wrote:It's remarkable - I wasn't planning to offer these for sale but I had so many people literally beg me to sell them some. And every order so far has been for 5 spools each. At this rate I might need to build another Rostock! And some of the other guys are asking what printer I recommend... No contest on that! SeeMeCNC Rostock Max baby!

Are you using a J-Head for your PLA or the SeemeCNC hotend?

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:59 pm
by mhackney
SeeMeCNC hot end. I have a E3D ready to install but now I don't have time!

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:05 pm
by barry99705
You should make some with decorations.

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Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:13 pm
by mhackney
Yup, some of the guys have asked for some special things. The possibilities are endless. Right now I can sell these as quickly as I can print them so I'll finish up this lot while I work on some new designs. Yin-Yang is always a classic!

What are those in the photo? Very cool.

Cheers,
Michael

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:43 pm
by bubbasnow
those look like sword cross guards

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:53 pm
by Captain Starfish
Have you considered printing a two or three part mould and shooting it with glass powder reinforced epoxy or polyester for production? I'd hazard a guess it would work out cheaper, faster and stronger for cranking out lots of 'em...

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:06 am
by mhackney
Hi Captain Starfish (nice avatar BTW!).

I don't think this part warrants the effort, I don't think there is a big market for these and the folks buying them are just as intrigued with owning something that was 3D printed. Also, one of the reasons I chose this particular design/fill pattern is that it can't be reproduced by molding (unless it is a lost mold process).

cheers,
Michael

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:38 am
by Captain Starfish
Fair enough, I've just never pictured these machines in a "production" role as opposed to "prototype" work :)

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:56 am
by DavidF
It would be interesting to try and investment cast one in bronze or other metal. Thier thinness could be trickey though...

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:55 pm
by geneb
Those are tsubas - they're hand guards for Japanese Katanas and Wakazashis(sp).

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Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:38 pm
by barry99705
bubbasnow wrote:those look like sword cross guards

Correct!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sword_mountings

Re: Tenkara fly line holder

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:01 pm
by timothysvec
Well done sir..... Well done!