Mike, I think a marlin splice and a marlinspike hitch are two different critters. One of the knot mavens will most likely set me straight, though.
It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
Very nice, nacra! I'm late to this party, but just tried it in place of a toggle for my UCR to hammock junction and I like it. Now I have a good use for those leftover scraps of 7/64 AmSteel. And 'biner substitutes...
Sorry, but I'm having trouble visualizing this in use as a carabiner replacement. Any pictures?
I just made one using an Ashley stopper knot. I spliced the ends together to have a single strand for the knot. It is extremely hard to set the knot and it uses more cord than the diamond knot. I left the tail a little short, so I don't know if it will hold up under tension. I'll report back when I get the tests done.