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How's the splice today?

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Jan 22, 2022
Tucson AZ!
Wespur, treestuff, sherril all offer spliced double braids and im pretty sure 16 strand too.

I am an amateur splicer myself All of the splices broke above 4000lbs and even the one in the six k range still had good amount of movement during the whole pull. One thing i did notice that, the lower it broke, it seemed like the more movement there was. One thing that does provide some assurance is that the harder the pull the more the splice buries. So there is almost no way for the eye to come out without breaking the rope. I am talking about double braid specifically in this conversation.

Im sure that Lock stichin isnt a horrible technique, i just think that once that needle goes in you dont know if its going right in the middle of a thread or what chaos it causes to pop out the other side. I just prefer to keep my threads on the out side of the rope.

Yes @Marc-Antoine hopefully one operates no where near ones ropes breaking strength. But in the world of lowering limbs sometimes undesirable events happend when the limb leaves the tree.

Its just a feeling i have and because of that feeling, i very rarely lock stitch.


Feb 28, 2017
Peoria il
Sewing thru rope has been done since we invented rope, and it's what the manufacturer recommends to finish the splice. It locks everything in place, which is why the sailmakers whipping is still the longest lasting and most secure one. So without lock stitching the splice isn't done correctly, which is your prerogative i guess but not the way i would do it. I personally lock stitch then cover the stitch with a whipping so any abrasion won't get to the stitching, aka good rigging practice. All terminations are rated by how much they weaken the rope, most knots reduce strength by 40 percent while splices in rope are usually almost full breaking strength of the original line. They all have their place and very few lines need to have full strength terminations, hell even cranes use a wedge socket for the bitter end of the hoist cable that reduces strength by 20 percent but is easy to change in the field with minimal tools or skills. At the end of the day you need to know with a pretty damn good certainty that the load you will apply will not damage your rigging and vise versa.
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