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    How are you guys cutting the strands for the taper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    How are you guys cutting the strands for the taper?
    I use a small poly cutting board and a single edge razor blade.
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    I use very sharp sissors and I cut the strands at varying lengths too. My cuts are still messy looking and uneven. I figure that just makes my taper even more "tapering" looking. When I pull this to the inside, it tends to look pretty good.

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    Thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    How are you guys cutting the strands for the taper?
    i hear that ceramic blades are very good for cutting amsteel, and that they do not loose their edge while cutting amsteel/dyneema like other steel blades and scissors do. my friend has a ceramic blade and boy is it sharp! he has never had to have it resharpened and it is always getting used!
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    Hi Dan, thanks for the info. I heard that they sell those for cheap at Harbor Freight, might have to pick one up.

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    Per Samson Rope company, the weak point is where the bury exits. None the less, they still recommend a taper for the fixed eye bury. With small diameter line like 7/64 you can usually get away with just cutting the line on a 45 degree angle. On larger lines you pull out pairs and snip working towards the end to create a gradual taper.
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