By Tim Romano
Have you ever seen $50,000 worth of graphite in a freezer?
Me neither. Until two weeks ago, when Kirk and I got a tour of the Orvis Rod factory.
What you're looking at is rolls and rolls of raw sheet graphite, destined for future fly rods. After asking three different shop employees how much this pile was worth I heard three different answers. I honestly don't know whether this is $20K, $30k, or $100K worth of graphite in a freezer. I think they were being squirlly on purpose about the answer, but my gut tells me that the right one leans toward the higher amount. Regardless, it was impressive to see this much raw graphite, especially considering this was one of two walk-in freezers loaded with the stuff.