What is Graphite?
Simply put, graphite is a carbon fiber material containing micro graphite crystals. When these are combined with certain resins and textile materials, they produce the graphite filaments that are used in rod blank production.
What Is Modulus/IM and Ton Rating?
Modulus is the term that refers to the elasticity of the graphite. It is the relationship between stress (the applied force per square inch) and strain (the amount of deformation that the force causes per square inch). You can think of modulus as stiffness. Ton rating is the metric equivalent of a modulus rating. The higher the ton rating is the stiffer the carbon fibers are. Stiffer fibers allow the use of less material, which makes a lighter, more sensitive rod. All Star rods are made with unique blends of multi-modulus carbon fibers, which give our rods a supremely strong backbone while maintaining a sensitivity that’s second to none.
IM ratings are not the same as modulus or ton rating and because of this there can’t be a direct comparison between these ratings. However, an IM rating increases as the strength and sensitivity of the rod increase.
Resin is an adhesive that is combined with graphite fiber to create the material that is used for graphite rod production. Not all resin systems are created equally. At All Star we use several different types of resin system to accomplish different goals.
Our P.E. (polymeric elastomer) resin system uses rubber material with thermoplastics to achieve greater bonding power of the graphite fibers and aids in the overall flex, hoop strength, and impact resistance of the rod blank.
Our nanofiber resin uses much smaller particles than traditional resins, filling in more voids, increasing the bond stretch between the carbon fibers, which makes a stronger, more durable rod. This system gives our ASNano rods a 30% higher breaking strength on average when compared to a similarly constructed rod using traditional resins.