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December 22, 2023 2 min read

What are the basic tools needed for splicing rope?

Splicing rope is a valuable skill for anyone who sails regularly. Having the right tools is essential for achieving a strong and secure splice. Here are the basic tools you'll need to start splicing rope,


A fid is a tool used to open the strands of a rope and create space for inserting the splice. It is typically made of metal and comes in various sizes to accommodate different rope diameters. A fid is an indispensable tool for any splicer, as it allows for precise control of the rope strands.

Splicing Needles

Splicing needles are used to pull the tail down the inside of the rope to tidy the splice. Wire needles are good for smaller 12-strand ropes and braid on braids when pulling the tailback into side the rope where there is not enough space for a push fid to go through 

Scissors or Knife

To achieve clean and neat splices, you'll need a sharp pair of scissors (especially for cutting Dyneema) or a  knife. These tools are used to cut the rope cleanly without fraying or damaging the fibres.

A hot knife is always useful for heat sealing the ends of the rope and whipping twine once finished 

Whipping Twine

Whipping twine is a thin and strong thread used to secure the ends of a splice and prevent unravelling. It is typically made of waxed polyester or nylon and comes in various colours. 

Whipping twine is essential for achieving a professional-looking finish and ensuring the longevity of your splice.

Tape Measure

Accurate measurements are crucial for precise splices. A tape measure allows you to measure the length of the splice and ensure consistency throughout the process. 

Kingfisher Splicing Kits

Having the right tools is essential for rope splicing. A fid, needles, scissors or knife, whipping twine and a tape measure. These are basic tools you'll need to start splicing rope. By investing in these tools they will last and by mastering the techniques, you'll be able to create strong and reliable splices or taper to make your ropes stay strong for longer.

Splicing Kits for Dinghies or Yachts