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    Tapering Amsteel

    I have the 7/64" 8 strand amsteel and when I try to taper the ends, by taking out 4 of the strands, the end falls apart. Am I doing something wrong, or just getting too rough with it. I am picking a pair of strands then skipping a pair and picking the 3rd pair.
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    Not to avoid your question, but I just cut it at an angle to achieve the taper. HYOH, but that is what seems easiest for me.
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    I have done both ways and prefer the same as canoebie. Simply easier. You will need a sharp pair of scissors or knife.

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    One method I saw that worked for me was to go straight down and mark two strands next to each other, then skip a couple strands and mark two more then do it again.
    Then carefully pull out the top two where you marked them and cut there, same with other ones, working your way down (From the end)
    That spread out the cut ends to different lengths but keeps the weave more intact.
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    I think you are probably handling it to much. Once you have gotten it all fuzzed up on the end, you need to cut it back and go again. I think that the tool you are using as a fid can affect your success too. My .02

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    Starting farther back and pinching the end lightly might help. I haven't noticed any problems by just unraveling the weave a few inches and cutting the strands all different lenghts.

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    How are you pulling the strands out? I use a needle to lift them out of the weave and have never had any problem.

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    I start well back from the end, like about 1.5 - 2 inches. Mark your two strands A1 & A2, skip a pair and mark 2 more strands B1 and B2. Then carefully pull the B1 and B2 strands before pulling the A1 and A2 strands. Use the sharpest knife or scissors you have to cut off all but about 1/2 inch of A1, A2, B1, and B2. This will make a nice long taper. I have had less luck with the angle cutting method as it doesn't give as smooth a taper for me and I tend to chew up the line with my scissors. YMMV
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    The way I do it, is wrap some scotch tape or electrical tape around the end. I then pull out only 3 strands, 2 right next to eachother, then one more a little closer to the end. I also found that removing 4 strands the rope doesn't hold together anymore.

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