Rope work tutorial : The locked splice

Locked splice, that you may know as “New Zealand” splice is a very common technique. Splicers of all sorts of fibres appreciate its ease and fast realisation. But be careful: For to be solid, the locked splice must not be rushed. Cross overs, spliced length, choice of Dyneema® braids, Julien Barnet always explains everything very well !

What is a locked splice and how can I make it ?

The locked splice, “New Zealand” or “Brumel” splice is an alternative to the simple braid splice. What is its specificity? As well as the constriction effect, a mechanical lock guaranties the splice’s holding power. These are the properties :

A splice that is easy to make: rope work accessible to everyone
A “minute” splice, very quick to make:No stitching
A splice that requires little Dyneema®: spliced length (50 x the diameter of the braid)
The locked splice is less robust than the single braid splice 

The locked splice can replace the simple braid splice for lashing (low and medium loads). Half hitch knots lock the splice and make it more solid !

To know all about the locked splice and to learn how to make it by the book, click on the video tutorial below !

An interesting alternative to the spliced eye on simple braid

A quick and easy matelotage

For moderate loads and transfers only

Locked splice: the “magic” tip

In the following tutorial, you will see a real magic show (thanks for clapping). Instead of making a locked splice, as explained previously, our splicer, Julien Barnet, imagines that the rope is already tied to a chain plate.

How to make a locked splice with the constraint of a fixed point? Here is the answer: It is magic but it is not rocket science ! 

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