How to build a 18mm Handle - Start to Finish

Looking to build out an 18mm Seat Handle grip? We've been designing this system with several industry leaders to give the rod builders a ton of options. This is the checklist for what products you need and steps to take. Below are instructions on how to build a custom 18mm handle like this one below.

Tools Needed

  • 2-part Epoxy like Rod Bond
  • Tape arbors (or whatever you want to use as an arbor)
  • sandpaper or abrasive tool

Parts Needed

This is the foundation of your handle build that your reel seat will be glued directly to. For this build we chose to use a 18mm Fuji reel seat with our 18mm reel seat insert tube 24 inches long. 
  • 18mm Reel Seat
  • .970" EVA Ring
  • .970" Butt Cap
  • Metal Winding Check  - 18mm Tenon :  hole size depends on your blank
  • Choose tapered or parallel tubes for your rear grip and foregrip for the design of your choice. For this build we chose to do a parallel green camo handle that's .971"ID - 1.050"OD tube. This handle fits our .970" EVA rings and our .970" butt cap.


Step #1 - Glue your 18mm reel seat to the 24" long 18mm Reel Seat Insert ( in the location of your choice. Make sure to pre-fit everything and mark the tube. (if you don't want a foregrip then glue the seat flush with one end.)

Step #2 - Slide your EVA Trim Piece - Fits .970" ( on each side of your seat and glue them in place. 

Step #3 - Arbor the 18mm reel seat tube for foregrips and rear grips. (We used green masking tape) *picture shown above, please note the reel seat would already be glued in place)

Step #4 - Glue your taper foregrip .970" tapered grip ( and your rear parallel grip .970"ID - 1.050"OD ( in place.

Step #5 - Glue your .970 Butt Cap in place. Tape all pieces in place and let set overnight. 

Your handle is now ready to receive your blank.

Step #6 - Arbor your blank to fit your new custom handle. You don't have to put the entire blank inside the handle. We recommend you have a min of 4" of your blank glued inside your handle.  This allows you to make your finished rod the exact length you want.

Example - This handle is 24" long + blank is 72" long. Arbor the last 4" of the blank and glue it into your 24" long handle. This will make your finished length 92" long.

Step #7 - Glue your blank inside the handle to the desired depth and align your blank up with your real seat.  

Step #8 - Slide your 18mm metal winding check down the blank and glue it into your foregrip.

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Handle kit

Below are all the part you need to build this Handle

We know that this can be a lot, but we have it all here for parts that you need to buy.

First select a grip that you would like to use. Tons of other options make sure you click the product and select the color you'd like!

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