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Eye Splicing Tools

09 February 2022
Richard Hudson
A spliced loop in the end of a rope is called an eye splice. The inset picture in the upper left corner of the photo shows what it looks like when finished.

Making a splice in double-braided rope is complicated. Double-braided rope has an outer "cover" and an inner "core".

You pull the core out of the cover, taper it, put the cover inside the core and the core back inside the cover. I haven't made a lot of these, so I still use the instruction book, seen at top.

Beside the book is a pile of yarns that have been cut from the core to taper the core. They will be discarded.

Below the book is an aluminum fid with a hollow end which is used to help get the cover inside the core and vice versa.

The sailmakers palm is for pushing the sail needle through the rope. There is a white yarn and a red yarn that I've removed from the cover, which will be sewn through the rope to help make the splice small.

The marker pen is used to mark certain places on the rope, as measurements are critical for this splice.

The knot in the rope is to keep the core and cover from moving while making the splice--the knot is removed later.

The mug of tea is required, because what kind of splice would it be without a cup of tea?
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Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/issumaboat/IssumaDetails.htm
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