Top Diameter: 1/2" (.500" or 12mm) Bottom Diameter: 3/8" (.385" or 10mm) Length: 11/16" (.687" or 17mm)
Size #2 Cork Stoppers in XXXX Grade are premium grade tapered corks that will plug bottles, lab vials. etc. Made from 100% natural cork. Size #2 XXXX Corks Stoppers are manufactured to exacting standards to provide a secure fit every time. XXXX Premium Grade Corks have fewer lenticels (crevices) and are better suited for sealing liquids.
I recently bought a number of same-sized stopper corks of each grade to assess ONLY their suitability for making fishing poppers. I bought sizes 00, 1, 2, and 4 in all grades. Size 0 Extra Select were out of stock so I only had Premium and Standard. In size 3, I only purchased Extra Select corks so I could compare them to the 150+ size 3 extremely high quality corks I already own. Rather than write a review under each size and grade, I will give a general review of the three grades across all the corks I ordered (105 in total) and post the exact same review under each size and grade. First off, the photos of each grade provided on the website are very accurate. By viewing them, you should have a good idea of what the pits and longer lenticels look like.
In order to make my own assessment across grades as regards their suitability for use as poppers, I devised a five-point rating system based on how much, if any, filling of the pits are required to before painting. A rating of 5 means no filling was needed when applying between one and three coats of mid-quality paint (i.e., the paint typically filled any pits, sometimes completely, sometimes so that only dimples showed.) By mid-quality paint, I mean something on the order of Behr Premium Plus Ultra interior/exterior paint (I used Medium Yellow in my test). A rating of 4 signified that three coats did not cover the defects without minor filling of a cork filling product, but the finished product still looked good without filling. A rating of three signified that some filling was required for the finished product to look good. A rating of 2 signified that the cork had defects that required significant filling before painting. Finally, a rating of 1 indicated a cork that was unsatisfactory due to a defect near one end of the cork that could only be fixed by cutting the cork to form a flat base.
The results of my assessment follow: 80% of the Extra Select corks were rated as quality 5 and 20% as quality 4. For the Premium corks, 15% were quality 5, 60% were quality 4, and 25% were quality 3. For the Standard corks, 15% were quality 5, 30% were quality 4, 45% were quality 3, and 10% were quality 1 (in these cases needing to be cut to form a flat base). If you tie commercially, choose Extra Select to minimize your filling work. For my personal use, I’d use all grades, and I would not fill any corks in quality levels 3-5 (I had no quality level 2 corks, so I can’t speak about them). I used to spend the necessary time to produce commercial-quality cork poppers, but in 60 years of fishing poppers, I found the fish do not care whether there are pits or not!
Service is excellent; shipping is fast.
Bob P, Wisconsin - 7/26/2020
Clarifying My Ratings
To clarify my star ratings in my recent reviews as regards the suitability of the three grades of stoppers for making fishing poppers: the Standard grade—which I rated with 3 stars—are suitable for poppers; the Premium grade—which I rated with 4 stars—as a group make very good poppers; the Extra Select grade—which I rated with 5 stars—as a group make excellent poppers.
Bob P, Wisconsin - 7/26/2020
Perfect for what I needed
I needed something to plug some holes in the bottom of a planter to make it water tight. These did the the trick.
C G, New York - 7/14/2020
Very pleased with selection, and glad I could get the small quantity I needed. Great quality, great value, fast shipping. 5 stars all the way.
Sandy C, Birmingham AL - 3/30/2020
I like their fast shipping and I finally got the corks I wanted. The first time I ordered I got what I wanted but the second 2 times they sent me crappy corks. I guess you just need to cross your fingers when you order.
Vicki A, Washington - 1/13/2020
Service is quick and nice.
Reiko T, San Francisco, CA - 3/9/2019
The corks are prefect . Thank you
CW, Hawaii - 7/10/2017
Size 2, 3 and 4 corks
The corks are excellent quality and because I wasn't sure what size I needed, I very much appreciated being able to buy singles with reasonable postage. The number 4 is the correct fit for my charming salt shaker. Additionally in the process of life, the original package got lost in the mail and WIDGETCO sent out another as soon as they learned of the delay. Excellent product and service!
Evelyna V., Alaska - 1/17/2017
I have been purchasing corks from the WIDGETCO for several years. I used to be able to buy a lower grade cork and it was good. The last couple times I had to upgrade to this grade because the lower grade ones I was getting started to have too many holes and breaks in them. This grade suits me just fine, but the price keeps increasing, so not happy with that.
This last order however the company was super! I moved but didn't catch that my account had my old address still and it went to the wrong address. I tried to track it down, but assume it was returned. However when I contact customer service they sent me out a replacement order right away! That is service!
Linda S, Ohio - 10/3/2016
Great quality and quick, secure shipping.
Jack G., Alabama - 6/10/2015
Over the top customer service / satisfaction!
Howard H, Nashville, TN - 5/6/2015
Ordered this grade in the size I stock. The step grade below was too hole pocked for my use - lots of waste. These appear to be better and more useable. I ordered a larger quantity this time and they ended up being less $ than the lower grade. I'm happy.
Linda S, Ohio - 1/4/2014
Goldie, Louisiana - 9/20/2013
Excellent product and received it sooner than expected! Thanks!
Leslie R., Duluth, GA - 2/4/2013
Was quick and easy with WidgetCo. Easy to order and with express shipping we got our order to Australia quicker then expected!