05-18-2012, 11:30 AM
Re: Interesting tidbit on graphite...
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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Last edited by fysh; 05-18-2012 at 12:25 PM.