Titanium Magic

By Tom Kirkman, (RodMaker Magazine)

Here's a question from the Volume 4 - Issue #2 issue of RodMaker magazine:

"I just have to ask about these new rods with titanium powder added to the resin or the ones where an outside criss-cross of titanium filament adds to the strength and sensitivity of the graphite. Can you comment on how this works and if it is a true advancement? Ron. . . Athen, GA

RodMaker Magazine

I hate to rain on anyone's parade and there are many things which I do not know about blank construction. However, I do know quite a bit and can tell you that ground particles of titanium or foo-foo dust or whatever else added to the resin are not likely to provide any increase in anything but marketing hype. Likewise, an outer reinforcement of titanium wire to provide, I suppose, extra hoop strength is not the best way to achieve such. Again, score one for the marketing people.

I never like to downgrade any attempt at honest improvements in rod and blank technology but sometimes these things have to be seen for what they are. I have read the glowing reports on both the rods you mention and have no doubt that they are excellent performers. But in both cases it is doubtful that the titanium powder in the resin or the titanium fibers around the blank have much to do with anything except advertising. Sorry. ~ Tom Kirkman

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