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Reply #15 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:12pm
 
My favorite material by far is hemp, but I use a lot of nylon and paracord too. Once I run out of nylon I don't think I'll make any more nylon slings.
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Massi - WTF? It's called a sling. You use it to throw rocks farther and faster than you could otherwise. That's all. 
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Reply #16 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:25pm
 
Masiakasaurus wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:12pm:
My favorite material by far is hemp, but I use a lot of nylon and paracord too. Once I run out of nylon I don't think I'll make any more nylon slings.



Nylon is not so good to make a sling. I think, that the best materials, to make a sling, are NATURAL materials.
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Reply #17 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:58pm
 
Slinger93 wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:25pm:
Masiakasaurus wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 12:12pm:
My favorite material by far is hemp, but I use a lot of nylon and paracord too. Once I run out of nylon I don't think I'll make any more nylon slings.



Nylon is not so good to make a sling. I think, that the best materials, to make a sling, are NATURAL materials.

Nylon makes excellent slings! It is weather proof, cheap, easy to get, and doesn't abrade easily. The only reasons I prefer hemp are that I find hemp's rough texture and stiffness easier to braid and I like the look of natural materials. Many people here on the forum use paracord, a nyon rope with a kern and mantle.
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Reply #18 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:25pm
 
I love jute for all my braided slings. My leather pouched slings all have some type of nylon cord.
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Reply #19 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:37pm
 
jute is my favorite, when making it it's stiff, but a good douse in water sorts that out permanently, it's not very scratchy, and even the worst jute only slightly varies in thickness. plus i love the color.
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Reply #20 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:37pm
 
Hi, KB3GZW;
   Nylon is OK,  I like hemp.  I don't like sisal for the reasons the other guys mentioned.  Making a sling with sisal cuts my hands to ribbons.
   Most of my slings are made with cotton, jute, paracord, or sometimes synthetic yarn.  Often I'll include all of those materials in one sling.  Cotton is strong, flexible, and very durable.  It's my favorite material.
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Reply #21 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:38pm
 
Like timann, I use what is at hand. I used to make a number of paracord slings, but lately I have entered into a "greener" phase in slingmaking and used quite a lot of jute (which I find excellent).

By coincidence, I stumbled over some flax twine last weekend, very nice to work with, but 7-8 times more expensive than jute.
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Reply #22 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 4:03pm
 
Yesterday, I bought:
- 1200 metres of polyacryl
- 510 metres of cotton
- 250 metres of jute
- 740 metres of wool
Total cost of it, was less than £17. So now, I've got a lot of materials and now I am thinking, which slings can I do... (the first one sling, will be staff sling, of course - it will be my second 'staff sling' ever Wink ).

I think, that "jute", is the best material to make "egyptian sling". But "wool", is the best to make "peruvian sling" and "Tibetan" sling.
And also, I think that Cotton is a versatile material - good for the most "types" of slings.
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Reply #23 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 4:12pm
 
Great honk! That's a lot of string!  Shocked Shocked
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Reply #24 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 5:48pm
 
Fundibularius wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:38pm:
By coincidence, I stumbled over some flax twine last weekend, very nice to work with, but 7-8 times more expensive than jute.


i don't know what you consider expensive, but i pay about $6 a roll (900ft +) for my waxed flax. that translates to about 30 all woven slings or about 75 flax/leather combos. to me, that seems pretty cheap.
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Reply #25 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 9:30pm
 
Where do you buy your flax?
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Reply #26 - Feb 9th, 2010 at 9:58pm
 
My favorite has always been hemp cords/jute pouch or hemp covered with wool. I use scissors to trim hemp cords and then coat them with beeswax; fire to defuzz the jute pouches, but you need to be quick - it makes great tinder!

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Reply #27 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 9:05am
 
[quote author=paleoarts link=1062172007/15#24 date=1265755719i don't know what you consider expensive, but i pay about $6 a roll (900ft +) for my waxed flax. that translates to about 30 all woven slings or about 75 flax/leather combos. to me, that seems pretty cheap. [/quote]

Expensive compared to jute. The spool of flax (500mts) cost me 16,95 pounds, and it was the first one I saw in months. A roll of jute is 1,99. These are not quite 500 mts, but as the jute is thicker, I can probably get more or less an equal number of slings out of either of them.

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Reply #28 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 11:13am
 
Et Cetera wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 9:30pm:
Where do you buy your flax?


Harbor Freight
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Reply #29 - Feb 10th, 2010 at 1:15pm
 
Paleoarts wrote on Feb 10th, 2010 at 11:13am:
Et Cetera wrote on Feb 9th, 2010 at 9:30pm:
Where do you buy your flax?


Harbor Freight

Harbor Freight Tools has flax?! One just opened in my home town. Looks like I have a reason to visit my parents!
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