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bought fids, made splice

Made my first ever eye splice today. About half way thru I tossed the instructions and just went by how I figured it should go. I used the NewEngland Ropes Unifids. Confusing instructions. Next time I will use Knotheads video and see if that seems easier.

Anyways, it came out ok.
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Did you tapper the core? Looks good, but I'd like to have a little more "fat" section where the core gets barried.
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So, the fat section where the core is burried should be longer?
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splice is stronger if the fat part is longer. Splice looks smoother if you taper the core so it goes smoothly from the fat part to plain rope size.
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but it looks darn good for the firs ever! my first half dozen looked like heck!
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It looks way better than my first time ever! I need to get some fids that are decent. I tried the Samson set, but the pusher bent the first time I tried to bury the core. Has anyone used Brian Toss' splicing wand?
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I have and prefer the Brion Toss splicing wands.
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I have and prefer the Brion Toss splicing wands.
Uh huh,

Anyways, here is what I was trying to acomplish. Tapered the core for the second splice. I am just amazed how it all works out. Having that ring on there for the second splice added to the fun....
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Is that for a split backstay tensioner???
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