That stuff is vastly overpriced for what it is. A Bunnings, Mitre 10, or other hardware store will have you covered for most things; the Internet will get the rest. 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. I strongly suspect that if you get droplets of hot wax on it, that it will cause stiff melted crackly bits in your rope, and that’s just not going to be pleasant for either the person tying or the person being tied. I’m going to go over the kinds of rope pictured above, from left to right. Helpfully, I’ve arranged them from cheapest to most expensive. Jute makes for extremely good photos in it’s un-dyed state. It generally has very clean lines, and has a sort of compelling aesthetic to it which honestly can make a person fall in love with it. 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.
I realize that what I just wrote may be true, but it’s not actually useful. In fact, I’ve seen people exhibit immense frustration over such responses. Relatively easy to unpick. Summary. What type of rope should I use? When you are just starting off, just go with cheap solid-core braided cotton.
Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways. Not recommended for suspension. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities. It feels really soft and smooth; very good flex, too. Likely to get quite compact knots with it. It’s just stiff and cumbersome and not fun. However, once I removed the core, that changed things considerably (If you want to know how to remove the core, send me a message or something and I’ll update).
It has this really interesting feature; with the core removed, it actually sits quite flat on the skin, which is why I refer to it as webbing. This has multiple advantages; it spreads any pressure from the tie over a wider surface, and it doesn’t catch on things when you’re rolling around, struggling, what have you. As synthetic ropes go, it’s a bit pricey. Nowhere near as pricey as the better natural fibre ropes, but it’s further up there than the previously mentioned ropes. Many may be satisfied with cotton. And tastes and priorities may change, which is cool.
It was very good quality and exactly what I wanted (Esinem Jute). Approximately 100 metres left of my Precious. Pro: Perfectly fine for most types of bondage (other than suspension). Pro: Nylon and MFP takes dye very well, resulting in brilliant color. So I’m going to go into the pros and cons of a few different ropes. And naturally I’ll tell you which are my favorites and why, but at the end of the day I’ll leave you to make up your own mind, based on your own sets of priorities, which may very well be different from mine. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities. That is, the colors will be more muted, less brilliant. Con: More expensive.