Bondage Rope Treatment

by | Oct 31, 2018 | Blog

When I was ready for my third rope set, I found a new supplier in North America. Well known, some flashy names on his track record and seemingly a high grade Tossa jute with a beautiful reddish color. Not so…When the rope came in it was tough, too tight lay and coiling back on its own twist. Surfing the internet to find some tips & tricks to soften it, I came to aggressively rubbing it, singing, waxing and baking it in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Redo the wax and add some organic oil. I found that this was not the way bondage rope treatment works.

It resulted in a looser rope, but now really ready to find its second life, which was not in rope bondage. At the time I didn’t know it would compromise integrity but the main reason was that it became too fatty or greasy to tie anyone with it. A hard lesson. Around that time I met a well known Dutch performer who showed me an old piece of his rope – without treatment but feeling like I wanted my rope to feel. Talking to a lot of more experienced rope addicts and professionals, I found that rope quality is #1 and the lightest treatment #2. They will result in a light, soft, nice smelling, easy to use, not-coiling-back-on-itself piece of rope that even prolongs the lifetime of the rope.

WHAT NOT TO DO TO ROPE

Due to the superior quality of our ropes, we recommend you:

  • do not boil
  • bake
  • steam
  • machine wash
  • dish wash
  • color
  • etc.

as this will compromise the integrity of the natural fibre. We also do not advise the technique of ‘breaking-in’ by aggressively rubbing the rope against hard surfaces (eg. karabiners).

Although we probably can skip this step with our Golden Tossa (Grade 1) too, in most cases this first step is to singe your rope. As with all jute fibre there is a certain amount of hair. You may choose to quickly singe the hairs through a blue flame (eg. gas stove) and wipe the soot away with a sake soaked cloth.

You may also finish the rope by coating the outside with a mix of 4 parts 100% cold-pressed organic* jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis) and 1 part 100% cold pressed organic Camellia oil to 1 part 100% organic beeswax, using about the size of a hazelnut for each 8m length, lightly applied to the outside by drawing the rope through it in the palm before finally working it into the surface rubbing by hand. However, our rope may also be used with zero treatment cut direct from the roll.

* because there is no use in buying our sustainable rope if you treat it with unsustainable care-products.

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