Originally Posted by raiffnuke
Tapering makes the end of the rope thinner. Kind of like a point. Unravel a few stand a ways back and cut them off, also cut the end of the rope at an angle to from a point. This pic may help explain...
Scissors, eh? So far the only thing I've found to reliably cut amsteel w/o messing it up is a ceramic knife. I've dropped some coin on various scissors but none have done a good job.