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02-18-2017, 04:58 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
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No expert, boy scout training a long time ago

Knots actually weakens a rope I was told so that is why you splice,

Back (end) splice (keeps end of rope from unraveling),

eye splice (forms loop) and

long splice (joins two pieces of rope) were all taught to me a long time ago

"Fid": something you insert to separate the twists of the rope so you can insert the end through it could be anything strong enough to insert and not break - blunt flat screw driver is what I was taught to use
the fids here are hollow "needles"
I have used wooden fids with twisted rope
or my favorite...a marlinspike...great for untying wet knots
on a knife...Colonial Knife Co Marlin Spike with Brown Delrin Handle and 3.4" Blade - KnifeCenter - CLG10
or the plain tool...amazon.com : Myerchin Knife Stainless Steel Marlinspike Spike A008 : Fixed Blade Camping Knives : Sports & Outdoors?tag=pentaxforums-20&
I have forged these from extra large landscape nails

as you pointed out, your screwdriver makes a nice fid as well
I grind a soft point on six or eight inch tools
then cut a slot to carry a cord like a sewing needle but backwards
like this but cheaper...http://baseball.epicsports.com/prod/9621/index.html
this also works to stitch lawn waste bags and gunny sacks shut

that is about all I know
if I had more money I wouldn't have had to learn it

02-19-2017, 06:01 PM   #17
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Plastic fids were all I used for our boat lines. Easy to work with, and never had a line pull out.

I do like that "how-to" on braiding a line, really a nice looking final product!
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that is exactly how I discovered fids
got a polypto anchor line...it came with two plastic fids

I've never braided since
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