I picked up this rod for next to nothing, thought I would play around with it. Sombody had rewrapped the guides (with what looks like sewing thread), but the blank and ferrels seem to be in decent shape. I am planning on stripping it down to the blank and starting over. My question is the grip. I have never seen one like it, and don't want to destroy it if it is something special (I don't think it is, but thought I'd better get a second opinion). Here are some pictures, when I look at it is looks like a cord that has been wrapped tightly around. Thanks for your advice.