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finishing rope ends neatly
darryn
22/01/2011
6:49:31 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for the best way to finish the end of a rope after chopping it? I tried melting it with a hot knife but it left an annoying flared end that gets caught up when untying.
DanPerth
22/01/2011
7:13:47 PM
A friend of mine has what can best be described as a thick walled thimble that he made (hes a boiler maker), it tapers down from about 12mm diam to 9mm and is about 20mm long, all he does is heat it up with a small blowtorch and pushes the end of the rope into the "thimble", makes perfect solid ends every time.

You could also use the hot knife to 'smooth' the spurs down.

wallwombat
22/01/2011
7:39:27 PM
I have never had a problem using a hot knife.

chossbagger
22/01/2011
7:40:27 PM
The Engel HSGM Hot Knife Rope Cutter is industry kit and the go if you're doing a lot of rope cutting/sealing. It costs about two hundred or so, so you have to be serious or a gear fag like me to want one.
A good finish can also be achieved by tightly wrapping ends in electrical tape before hot knifing it or cutting with a sharp Stanley knife/razor then using a lighter to seal. Remove the tape carefully, then hot knife/lighter seal the edge of the sheath onto the core for a good snag-free finish. Hope this helps some.

freesolo
22/01/2011
9:09:28 PM
the labor intensive way is you wrap cello tape around tip, cut with sharp knife. then pull the sheath back about two centimeters, cut the core material that is sticking out. then, push the sheath back where it should be then, cut and melt the now skinny tip how you like it.
once you do this, it's way easier feeding through rap links and such.
Darryn
23/01/2011
7:43:05 AM
Thanks for the tips guys. Very helpful.
PDRM
23/01/2011
2:58:56 PM
On 22/01/2011 wallwombat wrote:
>I have never had a problem using a hot knife.

Nor I. Knife not getting hot enough?

P
hargs
23/01/2011
3:36:17 PM
On 22/01/2011 wallwombat wrote:
>I have never had a problem using a hot knife.

The only problem I've had using a hot knife is the grief the minister for domestic affairs dishes out afterwards when she discovers more tarnished implements in the kitchen drawer.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
25/01/2011
10:10:39 PM
On 23/01/2011 hargs wrote:
>The only problem I've had using a hot knife is the grief the minister
>for domestic affairs dishes out afterwards when she discovers more tarnished
>implements in the kitchen drawer.

You did not learn after the first time?
~> I have long had a dedicated reject knife in the shed now for that purpose...

Gavo
26/01/2011
10:21:00 AM
did you cut it cold and then heat a knife and apply it to the cut?

Ive not cut a rope but accessory cord Ive done with smooth (non-serrated) knife heated on a stove to almost red hot then just went through the cord like butter and left quite nice ends
maxdacat
26/01/2011
7:28:01 PM
a second vote for tape then knife then cig lighter.

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