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Black Diamond

HISTORY OF CARBON FIBER

According to the American Chemical Society, in 1879, Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb. It used electricity to heat a thin strip of material, called a filament, until it glowed. Edison may also have created the first commercial carbon fiber. Early filaments, were made from bamboo slivers which were formed into the proper size and shape then baked them at high temperatures. Since bamboo consists mostly of cellulose, a natural linear polymer made of repeating units of glucose, the filament was “carbonized,” when heated. It became a true carbon copy of the starting material — an all-carbon fiber with the same exact shape. Tungsten wire soon displaced these carbon filaments, but they were still used on U.S. Navy ships as late as 1960 because they withstood ship vibrations better than tungsten. 

ADVANTAGES OF BLACK DIAMOND

Bamboo carbon fiber, called Black Gold or Black Diamond by those in the industry, is resistant to ultra violet rays and possesses anti-odor properties. It also adjusts well to both humidity and dryness.

WOOL AND CARBON BLENDS

We have combined the luscious softness of our organic Merino wool with the properties of the Black Diamond Fibre in a unique spinning fiber blend.

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