Brocton, I picked up the 8054 in grey.
I hadn't bought much recently but I was really curious about this blank. I've been following NFC since they started and their first generation graphite (first for them) is a soulless cannon. Accurate, sensitive, a good all around tactical rod, but it doesn't bend and you have to rely on your reel a lot when playing fish. I was expecting a very fast/light rod. It doesn't have the lightness I was expecting. but until I get the rod built out and get to cast it, I really wont' be able to say much more.
They look nice. The photos on their site were a bit odd. They had flaws/inclusions in the blank. The grey blank doesn't show any flaws. The unsanded/semisanded look is nice and very uniform. The color is almost identical to my Epic DH11.
I have the components lined up and will try to get things glued up/layed out tomorrow if I have time. I've been avoiding gluing up grips on a few rods recently. This may get me moving.
The Epic 580 is 1.94 oz with an ERN of 5.5
NFC Iconoglass 8054 by there specs is 2.1 oz
My McFarland GTX 8664 is 2.1 with an ERN of 5.7 or 5.8 trying to remember but it was one of the two.
I wouldn’t be surprised that folks like me that don’t do long distance casting while fishing is probably going to think this blank is way underrated in line weight. Just my hunch but certainly want to find out what you think of it after you build it. Even if it is a 6/7 that would be perfect for me for bass and redfish from the kayak.