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An old salt (Experienced sailor) once told me "Never put anything on the end of a sheet or halyard that you don't want slapping you in the face."

Clap a whipping on the line an inch above the splice. Cut the shackle off. Use a bowline. Problem solved.:)

Seriously. A metal shackle on the end of a sheet or halyard can inflict serious damage on a sailor who lets the end get away from him. The weight of that shackle in the clew of a flogging headsail could mean death or serious injury to the foredeck crew.
Yea this is exactly what I was thinking, get rid of the shackle all together. Problem solved and potentially black eye avoided. Plus it gives you and excuse to practice making the knot.
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