A photo will support a replacement request, but it could prove difficult to adequately show the defect. However I suspect that it probably isn’t necessary. Looking at their website, a replacement top is 4.89 euro, so to BFC, the cost of replacement is virtually the cost of postage. From what I have seen and heard, I suspect that they will more than happy to accept such a cost rather than risk an unhappy customer complaining about his broken rod, and especially one which was imperfect on arrival. Rather old fashioned, but it is called customer service, and they appear to be good at it!Hi, Paul, I think lakesman makes a sound point. If you can photograph the nick and send that it may help your cause if something drastic happens later or they may just send a new section.
Regardless, best of luck with the wrapping. Hope you enjoy the process.
Re: Taniwha; I broke the tip section of the 9 ft #4 XT I built back in May by showing it too much heat from the gun (thermostat got knocked up to Full without my noticing!). I got appalling results with faulty co-polymer then the FLC, you may recall? That's when you sent me the Sensei. So I decided to strip it back and do again.
Mark didn't have a spare section but sent me an entire new rod at an excellent price within the week. The original was only £36 so worth considering for an economical build. Never even cast the original so can't comment on that blank yet, though.