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knots need not be all at the top of
the wood.
Uses: To form a small eye.
Characteristics: However well made,
the eye will not be so ^is unlikely to be as strong as the
rest of the rope, and if badly made
it will be very much weaker. It
looks neat when properly parcelled
and served, but a neat appearance
is [Deleted: not best guide to] ^no criterion of its reliability.
[Added: Parcelling may add to its strength slightly.]
[Deleted: the ] Excessive beating & scraping, resorted
to by some in order to obtain a smooth
round effect, breaks the fibres which
and increases the inevitable
weakness [Added: that is inevitable.]
It is to be noted that much
loss of strength is caused by uneven
half knotting, so that ^causing the yarns are ^to be
unequally strained. The simpler method
of a century ago avoided this danger.

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