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wire rope


braided rope

There are two types of rope: braided rope and laid [twisted] rope. During the age of sail, almost all rope was laid rope, because it doesn't require sophisticated machinery. Braided rope has the advantage of being smoother, and that the inner (load-bearing) strands are protected from abrasion.

laid rope