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How to Make an Eye-Splice
A strong length of cordage is amazingly useful for the multitude of chores that you may encounter in the woods like lashing shelter poles, setting snares, and the all-important bowdrill fire. But an arsenal of cordage is not enough... your ability to use the proper knot for the situation will save you time, headache, and possibly your life. The video and article below will show you how to make a quick simplified version of a knot called the "Eye Splice".

The Cordage
Any twisted twine or rope will suffice for this knot... in this article we are using jute twine, which is a natural fiber available at most hardware stores. Be sure to spend some dirt time learning how to make natural cordage though. For a complete article on that topic, Click Here

Loop Size
First, go to the end of the cord and decide how large of a loop you would like to make. The last six inches of the twine will be the portion that is woven in and out. Make a simple bend to get an idea of the loop size and then pinch the main end where you would like the loop to begin.

Do the Untwist!
Simply untwist the fibers until they part and make a small opening with roughly equally amounts of fiber on each side..

Feed the End Through
Now feed the last six inches of the end through the opening you just created and retwist it tightly around the cord.

Repeat and Repeat Some More!
From here, simply move down to the next twisted section and open it up again... then feed your end back through. Continue this process until you have about one inch of cordage remaining.

Unravel and Fray
Fray the end on that last inch or so until the fibers are completely separated and look like thin wispy hairs.

Lay Em' In
Unravel a section of cord and carefully nest those thin fibers inside. This will make any rough edges disappear into the cordage for a very clean and sleak looking knot..

Here you can see the finished Eye-Splice. This knot could be used as a snare end, wrist lanyard, or anywhere else where a strong slim loop is needed. Enjoy!

  Best always,
Paul Scheiter

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