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    Fid devices (Phid)

    What sort of DIY Fids are folks using and for what size cord?

    Since the search feature won't find results for "fid" I thought centralizing some discussion under a thread with fid in the title might help some find out more about what can be used as a fid for various sizes of cord.

    Even though fids are very inexpensive, they seem to come for cord no smaller than 1/4". I've been looking at aluminum knitting needles as I think they are hollow, at least the larger sizes, the smaller ones probably are not.

    I'm using the 7/64" amsteel grey and have ended up using a piece of 14 copper wire doubled over.

    This seems to work well, but I'm wondering if anyone has found a better house hold appliance to use for cord that small.

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    OK... I'm a newbie, and I'll bite.

    What's a "fid"?

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    Its a pointy cone shaped piece of wood, bone, metal, used for working between strands of line when splicing or other tactics. All boatswains and sailmakers carry them.

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    Thanks!

    I've actually used one. Now I know what it was that I used!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedinski View Post
    Thanks!

    I've actually used one. Now I know what it was that I used!
    Might have heard it called a Marlinespike. Different beast, but a lot of folks use the terms interchangeably.
    Trust nobody!

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    I honestly don't remember WHAT it was called -- we spliced a bunch of rope @ reenactment events to hold tops of poles, make eyes in the ends, etc.

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    Betcha this brass tubing for model airplane fuel lines could be fashioned into some dandy little fids.
    http://www.wholesaletrains.com/Airpl...Item=brasstube
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Betcha this brass tubing for model airplane fuel lines could be fashioned into some dandy little fids.
    http://www.wholesaletrains.com/Airpl...Item=brasstube
    I made a few from brass tubing and they worked fine. I don't think I posted photos of them though. Now I use a doubled piece of .025 - .030 music wire almost exclusively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Now I use a doubled piece of .025 - .030 music wire almost exclusively.
    Now how would that work exactly?? Do you have any pictures? I was wondering how people are making whoopie slings out of 1.75mm cord. Maybe this is how they're doing it.

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    Custom Splice (a member) posted this photo.



    I don't have any others handy. Just take a piece of music wire and double it. Then twist it creating a small loop in the end. Tape the two loose ends to secure them. Push it through your "bury" section, and pull the loose end back through.

    Hope that helps,
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