The Stuff of Wonder, Graphene Infused G-Rods
Total Score: 8.41 - INNOVATION AWARD!
Introduction: It is rare that a new rod company offers something really
unique to show us at ICAST but that is exactly what happened when we came across
G-Rods at ICAST. The young rod company was at the show touting their use of
graphene, a “wonder material” that I had heard of being used in semiconductors
and Li-ion batteries before, but never before within a fishing rod. My interest
was definitely peaked! At the show G-Rods was not just showing prototypes, they
already had a complete arsenal of rods ready to hit the water. Fast forward two
seasons and it is time to share our findings on this exciting fresh player in
the rod market.
3/8 - 1 1/4 oz
+ tip Fuji SiC
G-Rods is the first company to use
graphene to build a fishing rod
Impressions: Before we
talk fishing it is first time to put on your nerd glasses. To understand what
the “G” in “G-Rods” really means we first need to delve into what the material
that is “graphene,” and why it even matters in terms of integration into a
fishing rod. Graphene is basically an atomic scale hexagonal lattice made of
carbon atoms. Say what?
Graphene is a atomic scale
hexagonal lattice made of carbon atoms
Scientists have theorized
about the existence graphene for a long time, and even unknowingly produced it
in small quantities through the use of graphite in items as simple as pencils.
The material was first observed in electron microscopes in 1962 but it was not
until 2004 when it was isolated and characterized by Andre Geim and Konstantin
Novoselov at the University of Manchester, a discovery that would ultimately
lead to the two of them winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.
G-Rods uses a split grip design
Since then graphene has been
described by many scientists as a “wonder material” as it possesses some very
interesting and useful properties, including being about 200 times as strong as
steel, an excellent conductor of both heat and electricity, and in pure form it
is nearly transparent. As you might expect that combination of strength and
transfer of energy makes this material particularly interesting when it comes to
an application such as a fishing rod. Today the material is being used across
multiple industries and uses for the material continue to develop. Most of the
uses of graphene today center within the semiconductor, energy, and composites
The reel seat is Fuji ASCM
So how does G-Rod’s leverage
this unique material in rods? The team recognized that by using graphene in
combination with more conventional carbon they could create a rod that would be
light, durable, and also very sensitive. In their blanks G-Rods utilizes four
layers of graphene sandwiched between Toray IK carbon, unidirectional carbon,
and X carbon, to create each of their rods.
A Fuji hook hanger is placed at
the rear of the split grip
In terms of styling the G-Rod
BA-7MH-C features a clean design that lets the carbon really be the star.
Gloss is kept to a minimum, just the way I like it, and the matte blank and both
the epoxy and threadwork is excellent throughout. Not a lot of color on this
rod, just a silver logo, silver threading, and aluminum components, including
the very slick looking reel seat clamp.
This is a very clean looking rod,
not a lot of fancy colors here, and we actually really like the simple yet
Next Section: Graphene put to the test