I posted the quote below when you originally made reference to this mod ... forgive me for posting it again, but, just last nite I performed minor surgery on myself to remove a carbon splinter in my palm - not fun.
kayakman - whilst I like your mods, I cant let it go without saying ... Im shuddering with the thought of that carbon fiber rod splintering at the end and sending shards into your hand or other body part. At the least, I'd suggest a length of heat-shrink tubing over it protruding past the end by a good 1/4 inch
... or at the very least a good few wraps of everyman's favorite remedy - Duct tape. You could also wick cyanoacrylate glue (crazy glue) but I dont think that would be permanent
You responded by replying the carbon rod was coated in epoxy and that you would further cover it with some nice knot tying work.
For those not familiar with Carbon Fiber rod, when cut, the ends can fray easily and "splinter" just like wood but the carbon splinters can be quite alot smaller than wood and more difficult to remove.
Also please note carbon dust is no fun to work around - eye and respiratory protection are most necessary