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Old 11-12-2013, 04:20 PM   #21
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That's one of the options I'm considering since DW has dozens. I tried to use one of her old knitting needles with tape for rope splicing this weekend. It worked but it really doesn't provide the results I was looking for. I've already located hollow straight tubing in various metals and diameters.
You can probably go out and get knitting needles in the diameter you need and cut off the knob end at an angle. Looks pretty similar to me but the sturdiness may be different.
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You can probably go out and get knitting needles in the diameter you need and cut off the knob end at an angle. Looks pretty similar to me but the sturdiness may be different.
The ones DW has are solid rod (first idea I considered), but it appears there are cheap ones that are hollow. It will depend on wall thickness then, if they're not very thin, they won't work as splicing fids.
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Just curiosity... being nosy...
what're you splicing?
Like, for boat lines?
or something else, as in art stuff?
Nylon?
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How to make your own permalok needles
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I'm talking thin wall tubing aluminum, brass or copper 1/8" to 1/2" in diameter, and for lack of a better description the end product would look much like a hollow knitting needle. [/I]
Just wondering why you COULDN'T use a knitting needle - just cut the end off at the tip. In fact, I thought they WERE hollow - and DW thinks they are too and she uses them - but I could be wrong. Sorry for my ignorance.

I looked up a bit on this and the commercially available "fids" don't seem very expensive. Just a thought (probably worth less than you paid for it as YMMV.)
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