Originally Posted by DemostiX
I hope commercial makers are taking those or similar steps. Otherwise, the delivered shackle is not a finished product.
I hope commercial makers have a more sophisticated method that that!
I dress the knot a few times with a pick to get it good and tight, then I do a marline spike hitch on the tail, and put a fid thru the eye and pull like hell, then do the same for the other tail, then both tails together.
Allen has a great page, he's got a handy little calculator for making soft shackles, and heaps of other good info.
Originally Posted by silverfoot
I'm at work and don't have time to check Allens page. I'm tapatalkig. But youre right about the tails I cut my tails off after I hang a couple times and am sure to bob up and down some lol.
The ideal thing to do would be to pull them to whatever the highest possible weight before they would break. Once that's done the knot has tightened as much as it can and the tails will no longer shrink.
I kinda like the tails, makes getting the knot thru the hole a bit easier with gloves on etc. But they do look a bit cleaner sans tails.
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