Terminating, or splicing rope, is a superior rope finishing method that allows you to retain all the rope strength that can be lost in standard terminations. Tying a knot at the end of the rope is the most common and simple form of rope termination, however, knotting is only effective for certain jobs and may deteriorate and fail if they're applied in the wrong situation.
Whereas knots can reduce a rope's strength by around 30%, splicing has a negligible effect on rope and may only result in a 10% loss in your rope's strength at most. So, if knots aren't cutting it, or the appearance of your knot termination is too ugly, bulky or impractical, it's time to consider a more robust and reliable rope end solution. This is where splicing comes in...
From hard eye to soft eye, back splices to Brummel splices and much more. Every rope splicing option serves a vitally important purpose, with minimal hindrance on your rope performance and maximum efficacy as a line stopper, a loop or rope eye and even in joining two ropes together - a few brilliant solutions for rope finishing in nautical, arborist, rigging and similar environments.
So, what do you need when splicing a rope?
In our latest blog, Rope Warehouse will explore some of the key rope splicing tools, all-in-one kits and essential literature to expand your splicing knowledge today.
Our most popular rope splicing tool: the 4mm Splicing Fid from Marlow is ideal for detailed or fiddly splicing jobs in a range of different situations. It consists of a hollow tube fid which is designed for splicing all types of braided ropes.
This high gloss laminated manual contains essential instructions for all sailing professionals and beginners who want to know about splicing. Learn with stage by stage directions and detailed information, giving you recommended splices for some of the most highly regarded professionals in the maritime world.
Get to know the 3 strand eye splice, the D2 taper, Marlowbraid eye splice, 8 strand eye splice and much more.
These marine rope thimbles are corrosion resistant, protect your rope or splice from chafe and save your fingers from this kind of job! At Rope Warehouse you can choose from a range of stainless steel, galvanised or nylon finishes and a variety of thicknesses to suit your splicing job.
The #1 splicing kit that every boat owner needs... Marlow has included everything you need for boat-based splicing, including: fid adhesive tape, two pullers, whipping twine and an instruction leaflet.
Get a smooth and professional finish with our Swedish Stainless Steel Rope Splicing Fids, made for splicing all types of braided ropes with a traditional hollow tube design. Great for marine, rigging and equestrian splicing jobs they can be handy for extracting the core when splicing braid ropes, and they work well with splicing 3-strand, Anchorplait and other Octoplait ropes.
To further your rope splicing knowledge, the pocket-sized Reeds Splicing Handbook is great for seafarers, showing you how to splice braided rope. See why splices are better – and stronger – than knots or shackles for joining or shortening rope, and follow the step-by-step photographs and clear instructions provided!
A 5 piece Marine Splicing Fids Set for all your splicing needs in industrial rigging, marine, equestrian or just general applications. These stainless steel hollow tube fids are designed for splicing all types of braided rope, helping you to achieve a smooth and professional splicing finish each and every time.