Actually, the more normal solution is to add a sacrificial cover of an abrasion resistant material. Typically the cover is kept on the halyard and a second cover material from the next size larger rope is slid over the top. The ends of the sacrificial cover is tucked into the cover of the rope and stitched into place. In really high chafe areas a cover of elk hide or cordura is stitched over the line as a chafe gear. In that manner the abrased protective covers can be changed whenever it is necessary. This also increases the radius if the bend and so reduces the fatigue on the core. Although I see his point, cutting off the covers is the opposite of what would have occured to me.