So you want to get some good rope, but don’t know where to start? Have no fear, I am here to give you a crash course in buying good rope for bondage.

Size

So I’m afraid size does count with rope. Both in girth and length. When considering what thickness of rope to get its very important to get the sweet spot between being wide enough to be safe and comfortable but thin enough to be workable for knots. If you go too thin the rope will focus the pressure on the skin and start cutting off blood flow and even cut into the skin. For a basic rope kit the sweet spot is 10mm thick, and go no lower than 8mm.

For length, there is no set structure, but we at the Wolfpack recommend 2 short ropes between 4-6 meters for tying limbs and a long rope of about 10 meters for body harness. If you are playing with bigger people, you may wish to get longer. I personally have a 16 meter rope for playing with bigger guys. The reason we recommend these lengths is to ensure you wont run out of rope halfway through a tie, but also short enough that they wont get too unwieldy and tangled while working with them.

Material

There’s a big range of material ropes can be made from, and it can be confusing for beginners to know where to start. There are several factors to remember when choosing your material.

For a first time Rigger, our top recommendation would be simple cotton rope. It had the right balance of softness against the skin and ‘bite’ (friction) to prevent knots slipping for people wanting to try things out. From there you can look into hemp, jute, silk and coconut fibre rope that each have different qualities that changes how it feels against the body

We recommend against nylon ropes as they lack bite meaning your knots will slip.

Cleaning

Cleaning your rope is important. If it is used out in a club where it spends any time on the floor wash immediately. There is no telling what muck it will be coated in. If just used at home wash periodically to get out the sweat(and other bodily fluids) it will accumulate from being against skin.

Its important to know, the more you wash rope the faster it will degrade. the more the weave will loosen and fray. however for basic hygiene its a necessary evil. You can reduce the impact my putting your rope in a pillow case when washing it, and setting it to the shortest and gentlest cycle.

Cutting to size

Where you cut the rope it will automatically start to fray. to avoid this there is a neat little trick. Take a roll of ducktape and wrap it around the section where you wish to cut. Try and wrap it as tightly as you can and wrap around about 3 times. Then simply cut the rope in the middle of the duck-taped section. This will prevent fraying and give you neat little toggles capping the rope ends.

Customising

This is a fun little project. If you want to have rope unique to you it is well worth customising. Simply get plain undyed rope and dying it yourself.


Craig

Craig Is one of the founding members of the UK bootblack association, host of the Kinkyboys podcast and bondage enthusiast. When not Bootblacking for the London leather social he is geeking out playing DnD