In this category you may find whipping twine. Whipping twine is thin cord, which is particularly useful for ropework, especially for sewing, splicing, and rigging. For example, the ends of ropes are fitted with whippings which prevent the individual strands from untwisting or unravelling. For this purpose, the rope end is wrapped several times with whipping twine, which is then sewn or tied together. Splices can also be protected with whipping twine in this way.
Is whipping in the age of synthetic fibre ropes still up to date? After all, the plastics can be easily fused by heating and the fused rope ends will hold even without whipping knots.
Whipping as the traditional method of securing rope ends has proven its worth over centuries. Fusing synthetic fibre ropes is quite common. Yet, over time the transition between melted and intact fibres will break. The rope end must be heat-sealed again and again. In comparison, a whipping knot is much more durable – and it also looks better.
The common whipping or plain whipping, correctly executed, leads to a safe and clean rope termination. Apart from a pair of scissors or a knife, no other tools are needed and with a little practice it takes only a few seconds to attach the common whipping to the rope end. Even safer is the sailmaker’s whipping, where the rope is pierced several times with the whipping twine using a strong needle. This whipping, also called palm-and-needle whipping, thus provides additional protection against displacement between core and sheath or individual fibre strands of the rope. These whipping knots made of thin yarn increase the diameter of the rope end only minimally, so that it still runs freely through blocks, thimbles, stoppers, etc.
For ropes made of Dyneema there is also the matching whipping twine made of Dyneema. The Dyneema fibre is very light and extremely tear-resistant. Furthermore, Dyneema has a very smooth surface and is easy to apply. Therefore, Dyneema whipping twine is especially suitable when an eye is to be sewn. And of course, Dyneema whipping twine is the perfect choice for all work on ropes made of high-strength synthetic fibres.
Whipping twine is a very smart choice when you need a thin yet strong string. Since it is used for repair work on sails, whipping twine is especially useful when heavy fabrics or particularly robust materials need to be sewn. Whipping twine is suitable for repairing shoes, leather goods, canvas, and tent fabrics or tarpaulins and convertible tops. It is also very suitable for sewing backpacks, bags, and luggage.
At Kanirope you will find white and coloured whipping twine in thicknesses between 0.5 mm and 2 mm diameter. Additionally, you can choose between untreated and waxed whipping twine, which allows easier whipping and a better finish. The wax makes the yarn to glide better, e.g. when sewn. And since wax can be melted a heated whipping is properly sealed.