And this is why I strongly advise that you DO NOT buy your rope from Peaches and Cream or any other sex shop. That stuff is vastly overpriced for what it is. In general, most synthetic ropes are like that, to one level or another. This is actually a hollow braid kind of rope; meaning it’s a polypropylene braid wrapped around a core of something. Has really excellent tooth; you can feel quite certain that your hitches etc will do the job to hold things in place. Far fewer knots required. Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways. Not recommended for suspension. Cons:. As synthetic ropes go, it’s a bit pricey.
Again, when washed, boiled etc it tends to degrade. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it; it won’t catastrophically weaken your rope, but with successive washes I would start keeping a much closer eye on how much load I put on it. Two kinds of braided cotton rope. They’re both technically braided ropes; however the rope on the right seems to have a denser kind of braid, which means it doesn’t have the same issue with the knots compacting down as hard as the stuff from the 1-8 dollar shop. So, interesting learning from that one; denser braid makes for less difficult knots. 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.
Nylon at Bunnings. Pros:. Pro: Less expensive. Pro: Perfectly fine for most types of bondage (other than suspension). Relatively easy to unpick. Summary. It’s incredibly light. With the core removed, a single hank of it weighs almost nothing.
Twisted Monk makes amazing rope explicitly designed for bondage. If you buy from them through a link on my site, they give me a small percentage. I got my first set of five millimeter jute from Jade Rope (fairly large set, about 80 metres) for about $113.00 Australian dollars before shipping. I don’t remember exactly how much I paid in NZD, but it was between $150.00 to $180.00 with shipping included. It is considerably stronger than the Zen rope I just mentioned; and again, is rated. Apparently it is often used as boat rope, so I’d say it’s fairly hardwearing and durable.
It is considerably stronger than the Zen rope I just mentioned; and again, is rated. Apparently it is often used as boat rope, so I’d say it’s fairly hardwearing and durable. This is actually a hollow braid kind of rope; meaning it’s a polypropylene braid wrapped around a core of something. I found it at a Bunnings Warehouse. Pros:. Jute is similar to hemp in that it has excellent tooth; no issues whatsoever with using hitches etc. That is, the colors will be more muted, less brilliant. Con: More expensive. I’ll even include pictures! Aren’t I just the nicest? I’m going to go over the kinds of rope pictured above, from left to right.