Rope Ends

There are many ways to finish off the ends of your rope, from the simple and fast to the decorative and involved.  This page goes over a few of the popular ways.  There are *many* more…

Some people prefer smooth ends with no knots so they can choose on the fly exactly what will happen at the ends without having to deal with that extra bulk, but many prefer knots at the end as it makes adding rope easier…

As with everything, there is no “one true way”, if there is something you have come across that works well or if there is a tip I should add to any of these, drop me a line and we will keep growing this collection…

Simple Approaches - Taped Ends or the Overhand Knot

While these techniques are simple, there are still a few tips and tricks for doing them. I also talk about why you might want to choose these approaches over others that are more decorative and involved… To sum up, these are faster, so you don’t get so invested in your rope and can undo them to adjust the lays of your rope in the future if needed.

Melting Paracord or Nylon Rope

With synthetic fibers, you can certainly use the simple approaches above, but you can also choose to melt your ends. Here are some tips on that…

The Wall Knot, Double Wall Knot and Triple Wall Knot - Decorative

Some people like more decorative approaches. While these do take a little longer, they look great!

The Matthew Walker Knot for 3-Stranded Rope

Some people like more decorative approaches. While these do take a little longer, they look great!

Knot for 3,4,5,6+ Strands - Colored Paracord Version

This is a very stable decorative knot, slim and attractive and easy to tie once you get the hang of it.  It is really just a simple modification of the Wall Knot

Tool Dip

This is a very stable decorative knot, slim and attractive and easy to tie once you get the hang of it.  It is really just a simple modification of the Wall Knot

Whipping

I rarely use this approach myself as it takes more time than I like to invest, but it is still quite popular and is featured on rope from my affiliate, Twisted Monk.  Check them out for great rope, purpose-made for bondage!

If you want to learn how to do this yourself, check out Sailmaker’s Whipping from Animated Knots

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