I have recently got a little bit of amsteel to play with and have made a soft shackle (which was not very easy for me on the first try. not tapering the end that i was burying made it very tough. once i did that it seemed to go pretty smoothly.
i'm wondering what exactly is the difference b/t the soft shackle and the nacrabiner. other than the way the fixed eye is made anyway. do they serve different purposes? are they rated differently, as far as load is concerned?