I was looking through the Oni Sight the other day and noted that Oni said that it is possible to wear out a much use rod in as little as 4 to 5 fishing seasons, which I found to be quite alarming. It is not the whole rod that wears out but the joints where the rod sections are joined together which can actually wear away and become chipped. So I thought that I would suggest a technique to prolong the rod’s life span.
Instead of 'wearing out the graphite rod blank material, coating the blank in the joint area with a thin coat of wax will allow the replaceable wax to wear away rather than the rod blank material. My preferred method is to desolve Paraffin Canning Wax in White Gasoline (Coleman Stove Fuel) until it becomes somewhat thickened. Then dip each Male section of each rod section in the mixture to coat it evenly with liquid wax and let it dry. If there is an excess build up in any area, a soft, clean dry cloth can be used to smooth things out and remove any excess.
In putting the rod back together, if any of the wax gets Shaved off, you need to polish more wax off of the male rod joint. The wax acts as a lubricant and a replaceable wear surface instead of the rod blank eventually wearing away. About the only word of caution is to use the wax sparingly enough that a wax buildup does not accumulate in the Female rod joint sections as those are much more difficult to remove the excess wax from.
I have been using this same wax application on all of my Western Fly Rods as a standard practice for close to 40 years now, and it helped to prevent casting off of the tip sections from the butt sections while fishing. If the chemical wax addition causes concern for the rod, the wax can be crayoned on the male blank sections and smoothed out by my hand with your body heat aiding in the process if you prefer to use that method.