Originally Posted by pgibson
I have Acctually had 2 people order our Chain Links specifically to replace knotted loops.
It does happen and amsteel is not best served for a knotted loop application. Splice it if you want to use amsteel or look ropes that are made for knots. Such as Blue Waters Titan cord or spider line. Both are better suited for knots than amsteel is.
Paul, were those Chain Links ordered to replace knotted loops that failed in service, or simply because the user preferred spliced loops?
I'm not advocating knots, but when I joined HF, and until Opie and you started producing spliced loops, that's all we used
. I'm a splicer...you know that. It's cool, it's stronger, no argument. But knotting de-rates all cordage, and Dyneema is just so bloody strong that even when the wll is adjusted for the knots, it is still sufficient for many applications. In this case, the op wanted to make multiple passes around the tree, and then clip the tag end back to the standing part...virtually no load.
I have used knots in the field when splicing simply wasn't an option, and due mostly to laziness, at least one, tied in a light drizzle in Idaho, is still in service. One day...