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What are the differences between blank materials?

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ROD BLANK MATERIALS

There are several popular types of materials used in the construction of a fishing rod including graphite, fiberglass, a combination of both, as well as exotic (yet unproven) materials such as plant fibers and metals. Quantum rods are constructed using proven materials such as high-modulus graphite (up to 72 million), graphite composites, and strong fiberglass, each with a particular set of benefits to the angler, depending on your fishing style.

A quality fishing rod may also be built solid or with a hollow core, and with multiple layers of different materials.

Below are some of the benefits of the different types of rod materials found in Quantum rods.

HSX72 Hi-Strain Graphite: Extremely efficient material that adds power with minimal weight. Ultralight 72-million modulus graphite provides smaller diameters without sacrificing strength and flexibility. The density of 72-million modulus graphite offers the most strength and sensitivity and is found exclusively on Quantum's Superlite™ PT and Specks and Reds™ PT rods.

High-Modulus Graphite: Graphite comes in a variety of modulus ratings, used to describe the density of the graphite fibers. The higher the density of the graphite, the stronger and more sensitive the rod is. In this regard, a higher "IM" number generally means lighter and stronger.

Fiberglass: While fiberglass has long been a popular material for fishing rods, the technology in modern fiberglass construction has delivered greater strength, as well as more sensitivity (a trait lacking in older fiberglass models). Fiberglass rods are generally heavier in comparison to graphite, but tend to be much more durable. When power, rather than sensitivity, is more important, a fiberglass rod may be the right choice.

Composite: Composites provide the benefits of both graphite and fiberglass: sensitivity, lightweight, power, and durability. Composite rods serve a wider range of uses in the fishing world than either graphite or fiberglass, and have become a popular and more affordable option to graphite.