Natural rope, natural fibre rope
In this category, you can purchase natural ropes. At Kanirope®, we define natural ropes as all cords, ropes, strings, and twines made from natural fibers. Since plant fibers are the raw materials for natural ropes, the term "natural fiber ropes" is also commonly used.
Ropes made from natural fibers have been produced since the Stone Age. Although synthetic fibers have replaced natural fibers in many applications, the classic twisted natural fiber rope is still the epitome of a rope for many customers. Therefore, we offer a wide selection of natural ropes made from different materials, constructions, and diameters.
The traditional method for making natural ropes is twisting. The individual fibers are first spun into yarns, which are then twisted into strands. The strands are then twisted together to create the finished rope. In nautical terms, this twisting is referred to as "laying the rope." The twisting can be done in two directions, known as S-twist (left-handed or counterclockwise) or Z-twist (right-handed or clockwise). To minimize the twist in the rope, the direction of the twist changes when creating the strands and again when laying the strands together.
However, more modern production methods are also used to make natural fiber ropes. For example, natural ropes can also be produced on braiding machines. In this case, multiple yarn or twine strands made from natural fibers are directly braided into the finished rope.
In the Kanirope shop, depending on the fiber, you can find both traditionally twisted natural ropes and braided natural fiber ropes.
The raw materials are natural fibers produced through the cultivation of crops. The fiber plants for our natural ropes are grown in producer countries around the world. The fibers are also harvested and spun into yarns in these countries before being shipped to Germany for rope production.
As a natural product, the fibers are subject to natural variations in their properties. To ensure the quality of our ropes, extensive knowledge and long-term supplier relationships are required. Because we value the quality of our ropes highly at Kanirope, all of our natural ropes are produced in Germany.
In the processing of the plant or the extraction of the plant fibers, a substance called batching oil is used. The use of oil is necessary to facilitate fiber extraction.
Traditionally, mineral oil is used for this purpose. Whenever possible, our suppliers use vegetable oil for fiber extraction, so we can speak of a 100% natural rope.
If mineral oil cannot be replaced by vegetable oil due to the process or product, we ensure that only the technically necessary minimum amount of mineral oil is used. In addition, the raw materials are checked for any residues by a laboratory in Germany before they are processed for rope production.