SGT KNOTS ROPE GUIDE
Derived from the seed of the cotton plant, cotton is a soft, fluffy, fast-drying natural rope material that will not overstretch or waver in strength. Cotton also offers hypoallergenic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Unbleached, undyed, and untreated Cotton Rope material (like the SGT KNOTS cotton rope) stands out when used for pet toys, crafting and macrame. Cotton also absorbs dye well, making it an even more versatile rope material for crafting or custom projects.
Cotton is a safe rope material for garden use when tying up plants or young trees for added support, but we would not recommend it for towing purposes, pulling heavy objects, or for boat rope.
Best Uses: Pet toys, Crafting and Macrame, Constructing Hammocks, GardeningShow Me How: Making A Sweet Pea Trellis, DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
Also referred to as Manila Hemp or “manila,” manila is sourced from the leaves of the abaca plant. Although manila is not actually hemp, it is often referred to as hemp due to its hemp-like fibers, which are naturally durable, flexible, and resistant to both saltwater damage and a fair amount of UV damage. During the twisting process, Twisted Manila Rope produces natural mineral oils that help bond the strands together, resulting in rope with enhanced weather resistance.
Manila is the best rope material for outdoor applications like landscaping, decoration, swing sets, rope ladders, rigging, pulling, and the like. It does not hold up well to rot, mildew, acids, alkalis, gas, or oil. It also does not float, making it a poor rope material for boating or marine applications. Once wet, manila rope will shrink, which can make untying knots difficult.
Best Uses: Landscaping & Decorative, Children’s Swing Sets, Rope Ladders, Rigging, PullingShow Me How: Make Your Own Backyard Rope Swing
As one of the most lightweight and affordable natural fibers available today, Jute is the best rope material for everything from small arts and crafts projects to all-weather applications. Spun from long, shiny vegetable fibers, Jute threads become coarse and strong, offering little stretch, all while being both biodegradable and compostable.
Our Heavyweight Crown Jute Twine is perfect for use in the yard and garden or for farming, agriculture, home decor, and craft beer brewing. A thicker Twisted Jute Rope offers all of the same benefits, with even more breaking strength than jute twine. We would not recommend jute for tying cargo, pulling heavy objects, as suspension, or as a reliable rope material for bearing heavy weights.
Best Uses: Arts & Crafts, Garden, Craft Beer Brewing, Home Decor, Agricultural/Farming
Sourced from the Agave sisalana plant, sisal fibers offer a tough, stiff, and high-tensile strength natural rope option that’s resistant to moisture and deterioration from weather and saltwater. Like jute, Sisal Rope is biodegradable, and SGT KNOTS Twisted Sisal Rope is free from chemical and oil treatments, which means it is safe for use with pets, livestock, craft beer brewing, home decor, gardening, arts and crafts, cat scratching posts, and more.
The Unoiled Sisal Twine is the ideal choice for butchers, food packaging, home decor, and gardening. Crown Sisal Twine is 100% compostable and features double the strength of regular twine, making it perfect for recycling, tying cardboard boxes, and bushcraft.
Due to its 100% water absorption, poor shock absorption, and inability to float, we would not recommend sisal rope materials for any suspension-related, sailing, or water sports use.
Best Uses: Arts/Crafts, Decor, Gardening, Livestock, Craft Beer-Brewing, Cat Toys/Scratching Posts, Tying Cardboard Boxes, Recycling, Bushcraft
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Boasting superior shock absorption, strength, durability, and resistance to abrasion, sunlight, moisture, and chemicals, nylon is one of the best rope materials for all of your outdoor needs, on land or at sea.
Nylon Rope is made from a silky thermoplastic material that is soft on the hands. It comes in hollow, twisted, braided, or double braided styles, each with its own levels of strength and flexibility based on the thickness and style chosen.
Nylon Rope is one of the strongest rope materials for sailing and marine use or for basic knot tying. Specifically, we recommend Solid Braid Nylon Ropes and Diamond Braid Nylon Ropes for water applications. We also recommend Hollow Braid Nylon Rope as barrier ropes and Double-Braided Nylon Core Rope for tree work.
Due to its thermoplastic nature, we do not recommend nylon rope for pet toys, garden use, or any application where a biodegradable or compostable rope material is needed.
Paracord (short for “parachute cord”) is undoubtedly one of the most reliable rope products available today. After its military declassification following World War II, paracord made its debut as one of the best rope materials for crafting, camping, and survival needs, like tying rucksacks, securing camo nets, and securing shelter in the wild. Paracord breaking strength varies by paracord type, but all paracord products are resistant to water, mildew, and abrasion.
MOST POPULAR TYPES OF PARACORD
Type I Paracord - Minimum breaking strength = 95lbs. Ideal for household purposes.
Type III (Paracord 550) - Minimum breaking strength = 550lbs. Ideal for Outdoor Survival.
IV (Paracord 750)- Minimum breaking strength = 750lbs. Ideal for Outdoor Survival.
If your application requires a rope that can be knotted many times or must hold up to bending around sharp angles, paracord is not recommended, as these actions can significantly weaken the rope.
Best Uses: Survival, Climbing, Camping, Lanyards, Belts, Rifle Slings, Handle Wraps, Securing Gear, Setting Traps, Tie Downs.
If you require a high-tensile strength rope with a 100% buoyancy rate in salt or freshwater, PolyFoam Rope is for you!
This chemical-based, memory foam-like rope material is most often found in mattresses, furniture upholstery, and vehicle interiors, and now, as the best rope material for Commercial Fishing, boating, camping, backpacking, fly-fishing, and anywhere else you need a lightweight, affordable, buoyant, and water-resistant rope.
SGT KNOTS PolyFoam Floating Rope is perfect for marking lanes or boundaries in a pool, lake, or beach water, and makes an excellent net building material that commercial fishermen can rely on.
We would not recommend polyfoam rope for any purposes where a compostable, biodegradable, or food-safe rope material is needed.
Best Uses: Commercial Fishing, Camping, Backpacking, Boating, Fly-Fishing, Marking Water Lanes/Boundaries
Of all the different types of rope available today, polyester is one of the few rope materials that can withstand rot, decay, oil, chemical-based weakening moisture, UV damage, grease, water, heat, and temperature. Polyester rope also offers low stretch, unwavering flexibility, and will not shrink after getting wet, which means knots are a cinch to untie. You will find polyester rope to be a trusty sidekick for general outdoor, climbing, marine, and boating applications.