Some thoughts on rope types.
I remember my very first rope kit. The stock & real estate markets had just tumbled, I had just been laid off, and I was broke.
After my first weekend in a public dungeon talking with people in the community, leaning some safety, and practicing a few ties with some rope someone let me borrow, I was super excited to get my own.
I wanted the best and as much of it as I could get, because after all, having more rope means you can do more things with it, right?
So I began searching online for ‘bondage rope’ and came across a few people selling it, mostly outside of the US, and damn it was expensive, $300-$400 for 8 pieces plus international shipping. Well shit, that’s wasn’t going to work. So I started looking for other options. What I found was cotton rope. Awesome! They sell that at Wal-Mart, and off I went. I came back with a $6 spool of cotton clothes line. Yep, my first ‘rope kit’.
It’s been more than a hand full of years since I wore that cloths line out and my journey has taken many twists since then.
From that cotton clothes line, I have used hemp, nylon, paracord, synthetic natural fibers, silk scarves, neck ties, shoe strings and I’ve heard of and seen people use fishing line.
Personally, I love the weight and feel of Jute in my hand when I tie, Giggles likes the feel of it on her skin more than anything else we have used, so that’s what we stick with.
I have noticed more and more, people who use rope other than Jute, are sometimes (not always) looked at sideways, if it’s hemp, nylon, or cotton. When I attend classes or intensive, I see the almost palpable under eyebrow stares. ‘What are they thinking bringing (hemp, nylon, cotton) rope to this class? Don’t they know this is Japanese Bondage, and that the only right way is with Jute Rope. Wow’.
Just jute rope huh, hmm. Yeah, don’t get me wrong, I have what I like, I am in the fortunate position that I make rope, it’s kind of nice when people buy it, but…. ‘use what you like, use what your partner likes, use what you want, use what makes you happy.’
What does it matter, Why do people care what type of rope you use, are you and your partner having fun? , yes! Than fuck it.
I say that with one important caveat, use what makes you happy, but know the limits & capabilities of what you like can and can’t do. Doing only floor work with no attachment points with 25lb breaking strength cotton clothes line? Cool! Doing a multiple person suspension from a bridge over a gorge in the middle of the Himalayas? Not so cool. Know safety, use a little common sense, and go for it! Do what makes you happy!
And of course if Jute Rope happens to make you happy….. Check out our Beginner Rope Kits, kits in Fox-Blood Red, Original Sensually Bound Jute Rope Kits, Raw Rope , and our Custom Rope Kits or just pick up a single piece.