If you're on a modern boat (and maybe even if you're not...), your running rigging is probably double braid line. And the chances are excellent that that each length of that double braid has an eye splice at one end. So here's the Big Question:
|First easy eye splice|
If you've ever attempted an eye splice in old line, you will know that it is nearly impossible. The line is stiff, is loaded with dried algae and salt, and has lost the lubricant the factory applies during it's construction.
And yet, I made the splice above in old line (actually some old 3/8" Stayset that used to run our furler). And I can say that this was the easiest eye splice I have ever made, bar none. Old line or new.
Because I had the right tool for the job.
And what tool, pray tell, is that?
|The right tool for splicing braided line|
Splicing with this tool is nothing like using my old ones. How do I make the comparison? Let's try this: splicing double braid without this tool is like cutting a board with a hammer and a screw driver. You can do it, but it takes a lot longer, is a lot more work, and leaves you with a sub-optimal result.
|The working end|
The Splicing Wand is basically a long tube containing a hidden snare. You slide the tool into the rope, grab the end you want to tuck, and slide the tool out. There's a specially-shaped tip on the tube, to keep you from snagging yarns along the way, an ingenious mechanism in the handle, to hold the tube in place while you work. You can clamp the tool in a vise if you want, leaving both hands free to deal with the rope, there's no taping or un-taping, no fid lengths to decipher, and very little physical effort needed to tuck.If you have double braid line on your boat, you need this tool. I'll say it again: Using Brion's tool, splicing old line was far easier than splicing new line was with my old tools. I don't think I can say it any better than that.
Why don't you have one?