Carbon fiber is an amazing material, combining strength and weight efficiency. When set into resin and woven properly, it can be used to build airplanes and cars. But this clip from JPRC shows the dramatic difference in strength that carbon fiber exhibits when its fibers are pulled in a straight line versus tied into a knot.
THE BEST Carbon Fiber
This hefty folding knife was created by Boker and CountyComm. Its 3.6mm thick titanium plate provides stability, while its chunky, stubby 2.5″ clip-point blade keeps it nice and pocketable. It’s finished off with marbled carbon fiber scales for a great technical look. Pre-order price available through 8.18.20 on Drop.
This handmade ring from Trust Ring Co. is the perfect wedding band or gift for an automotive or motorcycle geek. Its core is made from smooth titanium, while its outside is wrapped in black carbon fiber, textured to look like the treads on a tire. As an added bonus, it will never go flat.
Superstrata uses an advanced 3D-printing process to build a bike customized to each rider’s weight, arm and leg lengths, riding positions, and preferred stiffness levels. Its thermoplastic carbon fiber frame us made without joints for maximum strength. Two versions will be made: the pedal-powered Terra, and the Ion, an e-bicycle.
Dango’s R-Spec wallets feature a technical look inspired by sports cars. They’re made using carbon fiber and 6061 aluminum, along with glossy powder-coated metal trim, and top-grain leather. They hold 10 to 12 cards, and have a built-in bottle opener too. Available in black, red, or white.
Chicago Comb Co.’s Model 1 is made from ultra strong and lightweight carbon fiber composite. Its tines are ultra smooth, offering tangle-free combing of even the toughest hair. It’s great for head hair or beards, and has an ergonomic handle design with a finger hole on one end.
DeWalt’s hammer tacker features a structure made from carbon fiber composite. This reduces weight by up to 45%, and its rubberized handle and ergonomic shape are designed to reduce vibration and impact on its user. It drives 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ heavy duty staples, and has an anti-jam mechanism.
Ford’s fast and sexy supercar gets faster and sexier for 2020, as its EcoBoost V6 gets bumped to 660hp, comes with standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust, and various cooling upgrades. Especially enchanting is the rare Liquid Carbon edition, which shows off the car’s unpainted carbon body underneath a protective clearcoat.
The Ridge offers its modern, hardsided wallets in both carbon fiber weave and forged carbon, which produces a more abstract, painterly look. The wallets hold from 1 to 12 cards without stretching out and block RFID scanning. Available with a cash strap or money clip. They also make titanium and aluminum variants.
Common Fibers‘ unique, limited-edition billfold is made from real carbon fiber, with a cool geometric weave pattern, and a bold fire engine red interior made from sturdy ripstop nylon. It holds up to 8 cards, blocks RFID scanning, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty and up to 20 characters of engraving.
Cool Hand’s technically-styled bolt-action pen features a body made from real lightweight carbon fiber, finished off with aircraft-grade aluminum end caps. It takes Schmidt, Parker, or Fisher refills, and has a retractable rubber stylus on its back end for capacitive touchscreens.
TokyoFlash’s futuristic looking timepiece features real carbon fiber components, and a sculpted display that looks like turbine fan blades. Time is indicated via animated LED tubes, which operate in two different display modes. Available with red, blue, or green LEDs.
Serve a meal on the most technical dinner plates ever. Dobreff Design’s square plates are handmade with real carbon fiber, sandwiched under glass to make them smooth and food safe. They look great, but aren’t very practical, as they’re expensive, handwash only, and not dishwasher or microwave safe.
There are lots of reusable metal straws on the market, but if you’re looking for a different way to be green with your drinks, check this out. Now you can sip through a straw made from carbon fiber – the same material used to make sports cars and fighter jets. Each one is sealed with food-safe coating, and is BPA-free.
The Earth Traveler’s Earth T250LX is a one-piece teardrop trailer that weighs a mere 216 pounds, thanks to its carbon fiber chassis. It has pop-out side walls with tents, a pop-out roof with front tent and mosquito mesh, removable mat floor, interior LED lights, and running lights.
Panerai’s dramatic black watch features a Carbotech composite case, giving it textured, matte finish, and a lightweight feel for its hefty 47mm size. It’s powered by a precise automatic-mechanical Swiss movement, has luminous markers, a day indicator, and a small seconds dial.
Hypnotic video footage of a rocket propellant tank being made by wrapping and weaving layers of carbon composite filament around an aluminum form. The custom-built machine and software were engineered by the literal rocket scientists at Interorbital Systems.
A look inside the McPherson Guitars‘ factory, where talented artisans use a mix of high tech materials and traditional finishing techniques to create lightweight, durable, and visually striking musical instruments. The Carbon Series guitars range in price from $2999 to $3299.
The ultimate backpack for carbon fiber fans. Tumi’s highly structured urban pack is made using a combination of lightweight woven carbon fiber and premium leather, providing a stylish, modern, and extravagant home for your gear. Also available as a briefcase.
Blademaker Kiwami Japan continues to hone his skills and add to his collection of unusual knives. This time, he takes advantage of the properties of carbon fiber to make an extremely sharp, strong, and lightweight kitchen knife. There’s something so soothing about his videos.
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