Things made of carbon fiber tend to be appealing-looking, light-weight, and durable. But sometimes we just plain wonder how on earth someone decided to choose the often pricey material for a particular piece of gear.

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I'll admit that this carbon fiber ribbon of light looks almost pretty, but is there really a need for lamps made of the material? [Contemporist via cribcandy]



Look, if I'm buying a joystick made of carbon fiber, I at least expect it to be light as a ballerina and not weigh a whole four pounds. Weight aside, the carbon fiber and fiberglass device does work on "every major platform." That's gotta count for something. [Shoryuken via CarbonFiberGear]


Dog Food Bowls

What happens when a bike maker can't get any carbon fiber frames made? She makes $65 carbon fiber Splash-N-Go dog bowl.


I only wish that was a bad joke.[Wired]



Do you ever just stand back, admire your toilet, and think that it's such a great thing that it's slick, shiny and weighs 40 pounds less than the average white beast? Yeah? Well, I've got a $1000 dollar toilet deal for you then. [Carbon Fiber Gear]



Alright, maybe there's a good excuse to make a guitar out of carbon fiber. You get the sound of a big acoustic in the small, light package of a $1600 carbon fiber beauty. Seems like this was a case of a solution for a problem that hadn't even been truly discovered. [Blackbird Guitar]


iPod Cases

It looks half way decent, is made of carbon fiber, aluminum and stainless steel screws, and doesn't protect your gadget's screen at all. At least it's shiny and only $50, right? [UberGizmo]



Do you really put chopsticks through so much abuse that they'd need to be made out of carbon fiber? OK, maybe you do. But that still can't explain the need to spend $150 on pair of carbon fiber chopsticks with a corresponding chopstick rest. Just buy a bundle of cheap ones and don't worry about misplacing or losing one. [Carbon Fiber Gear via Description Page]


Mouse Pads

What's spending $80 on a mouse pad when it's a "real Carbon Fiber mousepad finished in a semi-stiff resin?" Supposedly it's worth it:

Going from the typical foam mousepad to our carbon fiber mousepad is like taking your high performance sports car from a muddy field to a high-speed highway surface. The motion is smooth and effortless, allowing high speed response and precision control of the cursor.


As much as I love speed, I think my cursor is precise enough as is. [Carbon Fiber Gear]