Ropes & cordage, the makers, testers, reviewers of the things we tie with. Anything from thin cotton string to the largest & most modern stuff I can find. The sellers & vendors will be on another page.
I have no relationship with the sites I review, other than a few which I have been a customer of. I will not receive any direct rewards, fiscal or otherwise, for my reviews or any visits you may make.
MAKING & MANUFACTURING
Sampson Rope: Is one of the old guard rope makers. It is still among the leaders in a small but harshly competitive business. It makes everything from old-fashioned cotton sash cord to products using the latest in high-tech materials and methods. The site, though lacking in general knot information, is loaded with product specific details. In particular, the downloadable PDF files on how to splice are numerous and rope, or rope category, specific. It also has technical bulletins/papers which are “technical” to the point of being so dense they are a tough read. They do give you very detailed information, but presuppose a high level of knowledge on your part. They don’t sell direct but do have a dealer locater. Reviewed 2010.01.14.
The Lehigh Group: A manufacturer of ropes, cords, twines, and an assortment of other hardware store type items. Their site has a limited amount of consumer information, but you can download lost product information/use sheets. Judging by the list of retailers you have all seen their products; I’m sure I have but don’t recall it. Mason’s twine is not something I would deeply research; whatever is in the store is what I buy. There are a few DIY sheets for using their products. If you need general information or their consumer affairs department go there. Reviewed 2010.01.14.
MAKING PRIMITIVE CORDAGE, OR MAKING CORDAGE UNDER PRIMITIVE COMDITIONS
Dave & Mike, Ropesmiths: Dave & Mike have a very brief historical note on rope making. What they have been doing, since 1995, is making historically accurate hand-laid rope, for reenactors and such. If that is what you need because your brown polypropylene rope has made you the laughing stock of your Civil War unit, you might check them out. Reviewed 2010.01.16.
Native American Cordage: This is a subset of Native Tech.Org. Like the rest of the , site this one gives a short but informative picture of the methods and materials that were used to make cordage before the machine age. What worked then will work now, and some people make cordage from wild gathered material as a hobby. A fun and informative time hole to fall into, whether you are looking for fiber and cordage or metal working as done in the recent past by Native Americans. Reviewed 2010.01.15
RAW MATERIALS & RAW MATERIALS PROCESSING
MATERIALS SOLD READY TO MAKE CORDAGE OUT OF.
READY TO MAKE GOODS
WIRE & METAL CORDAGE OR CORDAGE REPLACEMENTS
NON-CORDAGE THINGS WE NEED; BLADES & CUTTERS, SEIZINGS MATERIAL, AND THE GENERAL DUNNAGE OF OUR CRAFT
WAREHOUSING & SHIPPING OF CORDAGE AND SUCH