Blackstick is a patent carbon fiber break-down rod holder shade pole. The pole provides a fast, easy stowage shade for a variety of sportfish to pleasure boats. The sticks are flexed under a small load that provides self tension of the shade and prevents them from pulling out of the rod holders. All shades and stick heights are custom to the boat for a perfect fit. Blackstick's patents are for the bell (break-down point) and the manufacturing process using dry braid sleeving. What is unique about Blackstick is the evenly distributed load throughout the stick due to the locked structure of the braid. The braid provides a flexible torsional strength, fatigue resistance, and improved inter-laminar shear pole. The traditionally stainless, aluminum, and carbon prepreg twill or plain weave marine shade poles poles are high modulus and provide little spring action focussing the stress at the rod holder. Blackstick's low modulus characteristics provides a boat friendly application that is kinder to the structural integrity around the rod holders, Available for OEM, marine fabricators and to the public. Made in USA.