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    Aluminum knitting needles from Michaels (the bigger ones). Cut them up in 3-4" sections with a Dremel. Cheap, light and sturdy.

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    Having been a cabinet and furniture maker in a previous life, I use small scraps of exotic rainforest hardwoods including ebony, rosewood, bubinga, bloodwood & others. From all of the above it seems that everybody looks around, finds something appropriate, and uses it. Related tip: given suitable material, drill a small hole in an end, squirt a drop of superglue in the hole, follow with a short length of braided cord, and tie, glue, or sew the other end to near where the toggle will be used.
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    Sometimes it's best to carry a toggle :)

    One advantage of the MSH is using expedient material.....but choice is key here as was pointed out by NCPatrick on the South Mountains hike....the webbing had over the night cut into the soft green white pine toggle at least 1/8 inch....would it have failed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vitamaltz View Post
    Captain Safety here. I don't want to tell anyone what they should do or start a heated debate, but before you cut an arrow shaft, it's a good idea to know its composition and what level of respiratory protection you need. Some shafts these days are being reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Not all carbon fibers are nanofibers with the dimensions of concern, but it's worth being careful. The jury is still out on how dangerous this stuff is, and I hope it can be shown to be safe because it's awesome stuff. Anyway, knowing is half the battle:

    http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2...a-good-way.ars
    You may want to use a tubing cutter like a plumber uses to cut copper tubing. It has a rolling blade that rotates around the tube and every couple turns you tighten the blade sinking it farther into the metal. This produces a nice smooth cut and doesn't produce any saw dust. I have never used on aluminum but I bet it will work.

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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    Quote Originally Posted by GvilleDave View Post
    You may want to use a tubing cutter like a plumber uses to cut copper tubing. It has a rolling blade that rotates around the tube and every couple turns you tighten the blade sinking it farther into the metal. This produces a nice smooth cut and doesn't produce any saw dust. I have never used on aluminum but I bet it will work.

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
    Yes, it does work on aluminum.
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    Cutting carbon fiber tubing for toggles

    Have used masking tape wrapped around the tubing and sharp fine tooth hacksaw blade. Circumference cut/score, then cut through. Knock off the 90* cut with some wet/dry sand paper. Has worked fine for carbon fiber X/C ski poles to carbon masts.

    The pictured carbon fiber and bamboo toggles have held up. Anyone tried a Ti stake? One of the light sub 8gm Shepard's hook type.
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    I used pipe cutter on CF went slow and worked fine...............cough.......cough
    Theres nothing like danglin in dixie!!!!

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