Learn How To Splice Rope

Instructional Rope Splicing DVD: Detailed instructions for a variety of different types of modern and traditional rope slices



Now Available! "3-Strand Rope Splicing" DVD



We finally released our first DVD, 3-Strand Rope Splicing! We spent many of the 2008/2009 winter weekends videotaping splicing and finishes while sitting at the saloon table. All the splicing videos are original, with a total of almost 115 minutes of videos on the disc, and the DVD is professionally mastered, printed, and packaged.

Splicing rope is fun, practical, easy to learn, and the rope splicing instructions in our DVD are straightforward and easy enough to follow for a novice. The videos show close-ups of splicing details. We cover tools and materials you need, basic information about terminology of the rope and basic splicing techniques to begin. Splices covered are: basic eye splice, tight eye splice on to a thimble, back splice, ring or shackle splice, short splice, long splice, cut splice, and earring cringle.

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Summary: Learn some useful and practical sailing skills with our rope splicing DVD - It contains all the most commonly used 3-strand splices with detailed instructions.  We'll be updating this page with more photos and rope splicing videos as soon as possible.  Among the splices included on this page are the Back Splice, Eye Splice, Rope to Wire splice, Short Splice, etc. 


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Splices Listed in Alphabetical Order:

Click the photos for a how-to video on knot tying, a rope splicing techniques demonstration from the knot tyer's point of view, or to view a large-size photo.


Back Splice (3-strand) - Used to finish the end of a rope to prevent unraveling and to make it nicer to handle.

How to finish a rope using a back splice

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California Taper - A means of tapering a splice to provide a smoother transition from the rope's diameter to the splice's increased (roughly doubled) diameter.  This is done by continuing to tuck one of the strands one additional time and another strand two additional times beyond the end of the standard splice.  The effect is to have the termination points of the three strands spread out down the length of the line.

Make a smooth transition when splicing rope by using a California Taper

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Cut Splice - Used for joining two 3-strand ropes together with the joint offset such that a loop or eye is formed in the line.  This can be useful for creating an attachment point for other lines, or for the cut splice's eye to pass over a spar.

Our rope splicing DVD demonstrates how to do a Cut Splice as shown here.></a>

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Earring Splice or Earring Cringle - A means of splicing in a strong eye or cringle into a rope-bordered awning or sail.  This allows a line to be attached the object without having to punch a hole into the fabric for a grommet and sacrifice its strength, grommets always being a weak point.  The earring splice is done via the same method as a Cut Splice.


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Eye Splice (double-braid) - Used for making a permanent loop or eye in double-braid rope (commonly used as halyards and sheets on sailboats).

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Eye Splice (3-strand) - Used for making a permanent loop or eye.

The Eye Splice is one of the easiest splices to do using 3-strand rope.  Our rope splicing DVD covers several types of 3-strand eye splices.

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Eye Splice and Toggle - A handy method of creating a loop that can be quickly connected and disconnected, while at the same time being strong and 'salty' in appearance.  The eye splice and toggle shown below is used at the stern of my boat to hang a coil of anchor line for my spare stern anchor.  The eye splice and toggle is tied to a railing using a constrictor hitch (a clove hitch would do as well) such that the wooden toggle is close to the knot, giving the eye portion some additional length.  The eye portion is passed through the coil of rope and then connected to the toggle, hanging the coil handily from the railing.  The eye portion is a standard eye splice with a crown/wall knot at the throat, finished with a whipping.  The toggle portion is also done with a very tight eye splice (so that the rope seats securely in a groove in the wooden toggle), and is whipped at the throat and at the end for additional security.

An Eye splice and toggle is a decorative yet practical way of putting your knot tying and splicing skills to use.  Here's the closed version of the eye splice and toggle.  Our rope splicing dvd will give you the skills to make one of your own.

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Long Splice - Used for joining two 3-strand ropes together with the minimum possible increase in diameter.  The drawback of using this splice is that it is only 2/3 as strong as the original rope.  If maximum strength is required, a Short Splice may be needed.  Shown below is a Long Splice on the left with an example of a Short Splice on the right, both using 3/8" nylon rope.  You can see there is quite a difference in diameter!

The long splice is an effective 3-strand splicing technique that minimizes the thickness of the spliced portion of the rope.

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Ring or Shackle Splice - Used for attaching a rope to a ring or shackle.  This splice is started with a Crown knot, much the same way as in a Back Splice but with the Crown Knot passing through the ring or eye of the shackle.  This provides a tight connection between the rope and the ring and helps reduce chafe.

An excellent way of permanently splicing 3-strand rope to a shackle or ring.

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Short Splice - Used for joining two 3-strand ropes together.  This is a very strong method of splicing, but causes the diameter of the rope to nearly double at the splice point.  If the rope must pass through a tight-fitting block or pulley, a Long Splice may be required.  The short splice shown below is tapered - it has extra tucks with half the strand material removed in order to make a smooth transition from the line's single diameter, to the 1.5x diameter of the taper, to the 2.0x diameter of the short splice.

The short splice is the strongest of the 3-strand rope splices, but increases the effective diameter of the rope.

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Rope to Wire Splice - Used for joining rope to wire-rope.  This wire-rope splice is commonly used in sailboat halyards (my boat has at least four of them). 

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Wall and Crown Knots - A decorative touch that can easily be applied to your splices.  On the left is a Double Wall and Crown applied to the throat (near the thimble) of an eye splice after one full tuck has been applied.  On the right is a Single Wall and Crown applied to the end of a back splice, after all the tucks are completed and before the splice is finished with a whipping.

Crown and Wall are great decorative knots to finish an eye splice. Crown and Wall are great decorative knots to finish a back splice.

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Thanks for taking a look at our rope splices page.  If you have any questions or comments, would like to see any additional  instructions on splicing rope, or are interested in our new 3-strand rope splicing DVD, please contact us!





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