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The construction of wire rope is described as X by Y, where X is the number of wires in each strand, and Y is the number of strands in the rope. Three are commonly used in stainless steel standing rigging:
1 x 19 - size for size the strongest simple wire you can get, and by far the most common for standing rigging. It does not like being bent, so is not suitable for running rigging, nor for use with a thimble.
7 x 19 - less strong than 1 x 19, but much more flexible.
7 x 7 - middling in terms of strength and flexibility.
Last edited by GordMay; 08-14-2006 at 04:17 AM.