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I have just added some of my hand made Gripfids to my Etsy Shop
This is a must have tool for Ply-Split Braiding, and is also and ideal tool for all other kinds decorative knot work.
The Gripfid is made from seamless Stainless Steel tube, and has a long slender hollow point, which is formed in such a way that it will grip onto a cord end that is inserted into the tip. which holds the cord whilst pulling the tool back through the work piece.
This tool can also be used in a similar way to a marlinespike or Swedish fid and will make a fantastic addition to any knot tyers tool kit.
I have these tools tools in 6mm, 8mm and 10mm diameter suitable for up to 4mm, 6mm and 8mm cords respectively, some are available in longer or shorter lengths.
The tools are supplied with either a naked solid Maple handle, or covered with a beautiful Pineapple knot.
Below is a 5 Pass, Type 5 Pineapple knot, with a special variation of the standard interweave.
Above and below you can see how the tool is use for Ply-Split Braiding.
The tip of the Gripfid is easily passed through the ply's of the cords, then the cord is inserted and the tool withdrawn pulling the cord with it. and building a beautiful braid.
This tool can be used in this way for splicing as an alternative to the Swedish fid or for tying multi strand decorative knots.
Please contact me if you have any questions: knotty (dot) bear (at) gmail (dot) com
Please check out my Etsy Shop for more items.
Thank you for looking.