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grabber pad/axner

updated wed 23 nov 11


jonathan kaplan on tue 22 nov 11

Good Morning:

Some time ago before Axner was purchased by Laguna, Axner sold a
trimming bat called the "Grabber Pad". It was a type of rubber pad,
sticky and kind of activated with water, that was laminated onto a 12"
or 14" PlastiBat.
Does anyone have a gently used one(s) they might like to sell? Or
better yet, does anyone have any knowledge or information as to what
exactly was that special rubber material that was used? I know the pad
was invented by potter Lee Shank of Florida, but attempts to contact
him have proved fruitless.

Thanks in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving!


Jonathan Kaplan

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

303 295-0717

Fredrick Paget on tue 22 nov 11

The material is not rubber but a plastic that is used to make fishing
lures in molds. Some big fishing supply houses probably still stock
the material. Cabellas sold it in bottles. It makes a sort of flabby
gel for making worms and flabby things with hooks in them.

Ten or fifteen years ago I made a couple of grabber bats with the
stuff and it was not easy. You have to melt in a pan using gentle
heat and pour it out onto a prepared bat. You need a rIm to hold it
in while it cools. As I recall and it is getting a bit hazy now, I
had a problem with adhesion of the quarter inch layer to the bat that
I solved by riveting window screen to the bat and pouring onto that.

After it set up I put it on the wheel and sliced a series of
concentric rings about 1/4 inch apart to make it more able to take in

It worked ok for a while but I got a Giffin grip and started using
that a lot. I have somewhat modified the Giffin grip so I can grab
smaller diameter items and I found some individual adjustable sliders
that allow centering an off center piece. These appear to have been
made by Giffin but they no longer sell them. And of course I use all
the other stuff that goes on the Giffin grip too. Depends on the job,
it is one of my favorite tools.

Twin Dragon Studio
Mill Valley, CA, USA