Honestly, I would trust my splicing and rigging into double braid spectra than those pinch-on metal things that have slipped out on me in the past.
Spectra is one of the slicker synthetic lines, and IIRC as such usually has a slightly different splicing technique than traditional double braids.
Another thought, was what if I had a MOB and he somehow needed us to grab him over a lifeline or was entangled? I carry a rigging knife on my belt, but not a bolt cutter... time counts in our cold waters for MOB and hypothermia sets in fast. I could easily cut through it and make the grab.
Many people use lashings at one end of the lifelines for just that reason.
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