June 4

I had my Zen rope for quick synthetic ties, and I later moved on to focus on natural fibres

It’s very light, very smooth, very fast. I could whip this around someone’s wrists into a column tie in nothing flat, with little to no fear of friction burn. Hemp never stood a chance, because jute got to me first – as far as rope goes, it’s my one true love. And tossa especially, because it’s highly durable with low maintenance. Above; undyed five mil tossa jute; below, 6 mil dyed tossa jute. It takes natural fibre dye surprisingly well, given the already existing golden colour. It actually makes for a decent looking harness over black clothing or similar; I saw someone wearing it at a perversion party once with some fancy Two Knotty Boys knots in it. Nylon Bondage Rope. It’s generally pricier than anything synthetic, and my understanding is that it’s used a lot over in the US. It usually comes in twisted form as opposed to braided.

It makes the experience of tying someone a lot more fun. Durability; Tossa Jute can take a lot of use before it begins to wear. The combination of the lack of weight and the lack of friction means it’s going to slide a bit over skin. Your ties may not stay in exactly the same place as you put them, riding up or down, etc. As I’ve only ever seen it in white, that means you should get a good result if you decide to go down that route. Research your dye carefully though.

Relatively easy to unpick. Summary. Goes well with the traditional shibari aesthetic; has that natural, organic kind of look. Can be either scratchy or soft, depending on the conditioning process. This is a twisted rope; it gives you different kind of rope marks than braids do, and has a different sort of aesthetic to it. It’s a favourite of Two Knotty Boys; most of their videos depict nylon rope being used. It actually polishes up and becomes shinier and smoother with use. That’s right, it doesn’t degrade.

Summary:. (Updated 2018)Look, this is probably my favourite all round rope, with that Twisted Monk hemp as the favorite for bedroom purposes. Likely to get quite compact knots with it. Very washable. No. I’m not actually a dick like that.

This is a twisted rope; it gives you different kind of rope marks than braids do, and has a different sort of aesthetic to it. It’s a favourite of Two Knotty Boys; most of their videos depict nylon rope being used. Cons. This is a very thin plastic webbing; it is not something you want to get too close to a naked flame, because it will melt. The tighter the lay, the stiffer and more durable the rope tends to be. Tossa is actually a pretty tight lay, which means it needs a bit of extra conditioning or a long period of break in time before it’s really good to tie with, due to that extra stiffness. Small knots; sits flat over skin. It comes in a range of different colours (I like black). I had my Zen rope for quick synthetic ties, and I later moved on to focus on natural fibres. However, I snapped a couple of pictures of it while I was at Bunnings.

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