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MANILA

Twisted Manila Hemp Rope
Manila hemp is a type of fiber obtained from the leaves of the abacá. It is not actually hemp, but named so because hemp was long a major source of fiber, and other fibers were sometimes named after it. The name refers to the capital of the Philippines, one of the main producers of abacá.
 
Manila rope is very durable, flexible, and resistant to salt water damage. Manila ropes shrink when they become wet. This effect can be advantageous under certain circumstances, but if it is not a wanted feature, it should be well taken into account. [1]
 
Our 100% manila hemp fibers are treated with a special coating that provides enhanced weather resistance in the form of extra protection against wind, rain, sun, and snow. It ties easily and remains secure. Manila also ages well.
 
Uses: Typically landscaping and other decorative purposes. Also good for stage rigging, manila rope is reliable because of its moisture-absorbing properties.

 

PROMANILA

Twisted ProManila Rope

Promanila is made from Polypropylene yarn, it is stronger yet lighter than a true manila rope. The polypropylene yarns used to make this "unmanila" rope are high-strength, high-quality, and highly flexible, allowing the finished rope to take and hold knots well, and release them just as easily.

Our tan-colored polypro rope looks just like the real thing but holds up even better to wear and tear, moisture, oils and chemicals, and everyday use in almost any situation. You don't have to break the bank to get the look or the quality of a natural manila rope.

Uses: Suitable for any application you might select a manila rope for and many more: nautical and marine use, around the ranch or farm, as a decorative embellishment, or building a rope swing.

 

POLYPROPYLENE

Polypropylene Rope

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer (aka Plastic). 

For equal mass and construction, polypropylene rope is similar in strength to polyester rope. Polypropylene costs less than most other synthetic fibers. [2]

Our Twisted Polypropylene Rope is a flexible, low-stretch rope that is also resistant to abrasion, damage and "drying out"/brittleness from the sun's UV rays, wear caused by road salts... outdoors, underwater, or anywhere else. It is highly resistant to moisture and floats in water. It is also highly resistant to chemicals. Somewhat difficult to tie. Ages well.

Uses: Ideal for marine applications, fishing and other water-related tasks like swimming lane barriers. 

*Melt ends when cutting to prevent unraveling*

 

POLYESTER

Polyester Twisted Rope

Polyester is a synthetic fiber that provides less elasticity than nylon but is otherwise similar.

Polyester is resistant to moisture and unaffected by oil, grease, and most other chemicals. Polyester is virtually immune to rot, decay, and chemical-based weakening. It doesn’t shrink after getting wet, and temperature has little impact on its flexibility.

Twisted Polyester Ropes also have non-elastic properties superior to most other ropes, resistant to stretching and distortion, your rope stays taut and can be tied, re-tied, and tied yet again.

Uses: This rope type is a good choice when stretching is not desired. Lifting slings work great with polyester rope because it is highly resistant to abrasion, harmful UV lights, as well as heat.

 

DACRON POLYESTER

Dacron Polyester Utility Rope

Dacron Polyester properties include high tensile strength, high resistance to stretching, both wet and dry, and good resistance to degradation by chemical bleaches and to abrasion.

Dacron is a registered trade name for a polyester fiber made by DuPont. Dacron is especially known for its durability, consistency, and quality. Dacron, unlike natural fibers, is hypoallergenic, non-absorbent, and mildew-resistant. [3]

 

NYLON

 Twisted Nylon Rope

Nylon is a thermoplastic silky material that can be melt-processed into fibers, films, or shapes. [4]

Our Twisted Nylon Rope has elastic properties which allow it to absorb energy. When wet, nylon fibers can lose approximately 15% of their strength. They also shrink after being wet. Nylon fiber handles a variety of weather conditions very well and it is abrasion resistant. Nylon is fairly UV resistant. This means that leaving it out in the sunlight won’t degrade the line as quickly as polypropylene lines degrade.

Uses: Commonly found in mooring lines, it is great for sailors too! Also does excellent in the forest.

*Melt ends when cutting to prevent unraveling*

 

COTTON

Twisted Cotton Rope

 Cotton fiber is a soft fluffy staple fiber that grows around the seed of a cotton plant. 

Cotton fibers are fast-drying, and naturally high-strength and low stretch. Soft in the hand yet tough enough to withstand practically anything you throw at it. 

Our Twisted 100% Cotton Rope is TRULY made from cotton, and nothing but cotton. Pure, USA-grown natural cotton fibers for a strong, sturdy rope that's perfectly safe for pet toys and around other ranch animals, all sorts of crafts, and much much more.

 

SISAL

Sisal Rope

Sisal Fiber has been used for centuries and is still one of the most used natural materials. Ours is woven and twisted from the fibers of the Agave sisalana in a manufacturing process that involves no chemicals, oils, or other treatments. An excellent low cost fiber that has 80% of the tensile strength of abacá fiber (manila ropes).

Built by nature to withstand practically any weather, you can count on your sisal rope. It is stiff, strong, durable and it has the capacity to resist deterioration in salted water. However, chemicals and moisture shorten its lifespan. It's the chemical-free, all-natural rope you can trust in even the harshest conditions.

Uses: Perfect for replacing or building a scratching post for your feline friend(s). From hay baling to decorating around your ranch-themed home, this tough and attractive twisted sisal rope is suited to a variety of tasks outdoors and in. It's used as an accommodating tie-down, a marine-bound binding, and plenty of other applications.

 

JUTE

Twisted Jute Rope

Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Jute is one of the most affordable natural fibers.

Built the way nature intended: no oils, odors, chemicals, bleaches, or dyes were used in our manufacturing. 100% all natural and completely safe for use with pets and food. This specific style of rope is not readily available in the U.S. and is an excellent eco-friendly rope option. You can even compost it once it's spent. 

Uses: Most commonly used for crafts, twisted jute is also a great multi-purpose rope for home improvement, gardening, camping and more.

 

PARACORD

Parcord 550 SGT KNOTS

Paracord, or parachute cord, is provided with all the features of a simple nylon rope, plus a strong inner core and a tear resistant sheath. Paracord comes in a wide range of thicknesses and strengths. Our full library can be found here.

The military has been using this type of rope since World War II, so you can rely on its versatility.

Uses: The paracord’s most obvious uses are for crafting, paracord/survival bracelets, lanyards, belts, rifle slings, handle wraps, securing your gear, setting traps, tie-downs, and camping.

Read about paracord's many survival uses as well as how to make a survival bracelet here.

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