Originally Posted by greggg3
Oh OK, I thought that stuff WAS Amsteel.
I bought some Amsteel from Anapolis Performance Sailing, but I thought it was rather slippery - Garda Hitch won't hold on it, although the bowline holds fine. The Garda works fine on the Spyderline, so I still like it the best I guess, but I like the higher strength to weight of Amsteel so my ears perk up when I hear braided spectra with no sheath that isn't slick!
In the eBay title listing, it does say Amsteel, but it doesn't quite feel like the Amsteel I've handled in the past. It is slightly more pliable. While it does have some smoothness, as any coated line does, I've had no trouble getting it to hold knots so far (bowline, blake hitch, taut-line, etc). I only received it in the mail today, though.
FWIW, I've personally never been able to get a Garda hitch to hold with any cord less than 3/8" in diameter, including the cord mentioned. YMMV