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Re: Jack Lines
I would assume that you add an eye to the 1" webbing by having the eye professionally sown by a company who is certified to do that kind of structural sewing....
Does this exist? In a practical sense, not really.
In a former life I manufactured climbing gear, and generally, we are talking self-certifications though ISO (6 sigma break testing program). That's it and many are not. Realistically, a sailmaker will do it. You will also need to source the correct webbing, which is a problem.
You are right that the Dyneema approach is probably best for DIYs. Fewer question marks and a solid finished product.
I don't know whether its true that companies that are certified to do that kind of structural sewing exists, but I see 'OSHA' certified safety harnesses and tethers and so I have always assumed that there are companies that are certified to do structural stitching. That said, I have no idea if that is actually the case.
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