Everything you need to know about splicing!
WHAT IS SPLICING?
Swedish fids are used primarily for 3 strand and multiplait splicing. They also aid Marlowbraid and D2 Racing splices.
Braid on Braid Fid Set – Selma fids are used primarily for doublebraid, D12 and D2 splices, but can also be used to aid 3 strand and marlowbraid splices.
Splicing Needles – Large and small used for Marlowbraid, D2 Racing. Can also be used for the doublebraid splice.
Excel Control Splicing needle – Used primarily for Excel Control and Excel D12 2.5 and 3mm.
Other tools and equipment – Sharp knife and/or scissors, tape measure, permeant marker pen, splicing (or insulation type) tape, strong point on your work bench, hot knife or flame for sealing the rope.
SPLICES VS KNOTS
Splices: Most Marlow ropes can be spliced, this is normally the preferred method of termination. A good splice using the recommended method should not reduce the strength of a rope by more than 10%.
Knots: A knot will reduce the strength of the rope, sometimes very significantly. This loss is caused by the tight bends and compression found in any knot. The amount a rope will be weakened will depend on the knot, type of rope and the material from which it is made but can be up to 60%
Covered Eye Splice
Used for core dependent rope constructions. Designs where the core contributes most or all the strength and the cover provides protection to the rope.