Go to the Brion Toss web site.
Brion Toss Yacht Riggers, Sailboat Rigging
Buy his splicing video, a medium splicing wand, 4" marlingspike, and a small Point Hudson "Phid". Add the small wand to do 1/4" and 5/16". The medium works for 3/8 to 5/8 braid from my experience.
IMHO, One of the best purchases I ever made. find some #4 waxed twine, #10 sailmakers needles, and a riggers Palm. These tools and knowledge will serve you over and over.
I like the idea but Wow, look at those prices. Might be worth it you wanted to splice rope for a living I suppose.
Marlin Spike – already on your sailing knife (right?)
Piece of stiff wire or you want to be fancy a Dritz Loop Turner for about $4 or $5 from Amazon or your local craft store
Set of five Samson fids + a pusher - $35ish from Discount Marine Supplies or Amazon
Palm - $20 from duckworksbbs or $16 from Amazon or make one for less.
Needles and whipping twine - not much from multiple sources
You tube and other web “how to” pages (New England Ropes - New England Ropes - Splicing Guide
) – free.
You can be up and splicing for about the same price as a small wand from Mr. Toss. (He wants $169 for canvas bag for you to put your fids in, Gulp – Sorry, I mean a “Rigger’s Bag” ).
An awl is nice to have for about $20
Have fun – it’s not rocket science.