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Old 05-18-2012, 07:56 AM
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Don't know how many of you guys read Singlebarbed's blog but he had an interesting little article on graphite. I'll not post a link cause I don't know if thats cool with him or cool with the site here but all you have to do is google singlebarbed or type in singlebarbed dot com.
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Default Re: Interesting tidbit on graphite...

I think he is confusing graphite with carbon fiber. He quotes, "the enthusiasm around Canadian graphite companies is almost palpable, and not for the first time. Many of the deposits being looked at today were already close to being put into production before they were shut down in the early 1990′s when No. 1 producer China raised output and prices fell to about $600 (U.S.) per tonne from more than $1,300 per tonne in the previous decade. Today, flaked graphite can fetch as much as $3,000 per tonne."

Carbon fiber is not mined, it is manufactured. It is a synthetic product. Graphite is not even used in making carbon fiber.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_(fiber))


Carbon Fiber Production
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BDG Graphite and Carbon Fibers

http://www.ehow.com/info_8150298_dif...bon-fiber.html
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Default Re: Interesting tidbit on graphite...

Okay now both of you guys lost me. There was nothing in Singlebarded article about carbon fiber but from what I understood from Fysh's post is that both can be made from petroleum based products. Singlebarded's was pertaining to flake graphite which is mined and if prices keep rising for both petro made graphite and the mined flake varity, doesn't that translate to a higher price for both carbon and graphite fibers? Or am I way way off (which wouldn't be the first time) Thankfully I prefer glass and cane! Either way though his article was to be taken as a bit of tongue in cheek but it still makes you think in our screwy economy.
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Right. Carbon fiber and graphite come from the same basic source.....Petrolium.
Differences come from the production process as carbon fiber is developed from the carbon molecules being heated and stretched/elongated, afterwards resins are added, eventually this product is made into various thickness & configurations and rolled for shipment. This material is used to make carbon fiber products.

When the same carbon molecules are heated at higher temperatures it becomes graphite which can then be used in pencils or made into a powdered lubricant.

I guess my point in all of this is their relationship, the terminology is interrelated and often confusing. A graphite fly rod and a carbon fiber rod are one in the same.

I'm not sure I agree with his thoughts that rod prices will increase as much as predicted, although the carbon fiber market is increasing due to increased use in industry. (aircraft, wind turbines, solar panels, and even fishing nets. http://nomadflyfishing.com/index.php...cart&Itemid=27 ).
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Yeah, his opening lines say it all. I bet he's giggling away right now!
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Default Re: Interesting tidbit on graphite...

When I initially read his blog I just glanced over it, but going back and reading it I see some of it was tongue in cheek.
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