How Do You Choose The Best Hemp Rope?

by Alfred van der Heide
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Hemp is a common plant found in much of the northern hemisphere that has been used for millennia by civilisations. Hemp ropes are naturally mould and mildew resistant, and is particularly popular with sailors, as ships and sailboats often used hemp rope to secure the rigging and/or to attach to the shore. The texture and look of hemp rope have alhemp plantmost become synonymous with strong winds and large waves. Hemp rope was also particularly popular with hunters as it is strong enough to allow hunters to pull, attach, fasten, and carry their prey, as well as make strong traps. Hemp is mostly used as an industrial material (Similarly to cotton, for example.) to create clothes, shoes, paper, and bags. Hemp is perfect for DIY projects such as decorating walls, rooms, handrails, water pipes, balcony guardrails and more as it adds a rustic element that is so critical for that outdoor image. Hemp ropes are also a great tool for creating an amazing experience when making a gift. It shows the person you want them to feel the quality and effort that went into the present. Hemp is part of the Cannabis Sativa plant family. The Cannabis plant has many strains and goes under many names. Among them: Cannabis, marijuana/marihuana, weed, hemp, or pot.

Hemp’s Historical Significance in the States

The US used to be at the forefront of Hemp processing. George Washington himself was a fan of the plant and pressured the people around him to cultivate the practical plant.

President Washington was also known for growing the plant himself. It is believed that George Washington not only bred the plant for the fibers but even sampled some of his strains in an attempt to find a solution to his toothache.

Thomas Jefferson was not to mention also a proponent of the hemp plant.

The hemp plant could be utilized for many reasons, making it be a very lucrious cash crop. Slaves would often find themselves working on hemp fields. Kentucky’s economy, in particular, was very tied to the production of hemp.

1937 marked the decline of hemp production in the United States, as the Marihuana Tax Act was passed, which lead to a tax being levied on anyone doing business in hemp. The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act is credited for destroying the hemp industry and is believed to be propelled solely for the rise of similar adjacent industries in an attempt at greater profits. Despite this, hemp played a significant lasting role throughout World War II, ensuring that US soldiers were always well equipped with proper uniforms. Largely thanks to Kentucky’s large hemp fields.

Industrial hemp cultivation in Northern America has been non-existent for years thanks to the public’s disdain for the Marijuana drug.

Even though hemp played a significant role throughout US history as a source of revenue and materials, in addition to its support of the troops, it has been misconstrued and distorted by authoritative entities as a dangerous drug leading to its unjust eradication as a useful material.

Hemp ropes legality

Hemp products are generally legal worldwide as they do not contain any CBD or THC substance.

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Hemp fibers

This means you will not get high from smoking, for instance, a hemp rope. (Shocker)

Growing your own hemp is legal in some places. Recently, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed the Farm Bill making hemp have a legal status federally.

With this, the US has made large steps in making it easier for people to grow their hemp. However, you will still need to apply for licensing.


Hemp Rope Strength

There is a reason why hemp ropes used to be the go-to rope for any situation that required reliable and rugged ropes.

Hemp ropes show no decrease in performance between -40°C to +60°C (-40°F to 140°F), however, based on this study hemp ropes might shrink a little at -20°C (-4°F)

The 3 most common hemp rope dimensions are 5mm (3/16 inch), 6mm(1/4 inch), and 8mm(5/16 inch).

  • 5mm hemp rope is able to hold 1800 Newtons (405 lb f).
  • 6mm hemp rope is able to hold 2400 Newtons (540 lb f).
  • 8mm hemp rope is able to hold 4000 Newtons (900 lb f).
  • Just for comparison, a 2mm diameter twisted steel cable is able to withstand about 4100Newtons (920 lb f).

On Earth, 1 KG is equal to roughly 10 Newtons.


Where to buy Hemp rope

Hemp rope is for sale at various places. Buying online is often the cheapest and quickest way to get your hands on some high-quality hemp rope. That’s why we made a list of the best hemp ropes, depending on your preferences.

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Cheap look-alike hemp ropes that work perfectly for Arts and Crafts projects

to preface this, KINGLAKE rope is made from jute and not hemp, however, if it is only about the physical aesthetics of the rope, then this is a cheaper alternative that will give off those rustic-looking vibes that you are craving for your little projects.

What is Jute?

Jute is a type of vegetable fibre that like hemp be harvested and spun into fibres, from which one can make rope. Jute, like hemp, has also been important throughout history. Jute has been used in Asia over five thousand years ago. Jute became popular in the west when the British started trading jute with the British East India Company. India and Bangladesh produce more than 95% of the jute in the world as of 2014. Jute saw heavy use during World War I when over one million jute sandbags were exported from Bengal to the trenches.

KINGLAKE is not just the best-priced rope for your own DIY projects but also one of the highest-rated among crafty people. KINGLAKE hemp is 100% natural.

KINGLAKE Jute rope comes in 3 sizes:


The Best Real Hemp Rope

Hemp Rope vs Manila Rope

At first glance hemp rope looks the same as Manila rope; this is, however, not true.

First of all hemp rope, is made from actual hemp fibres, whereas manila rope (sometimes referred to as manila hemp) is not made from hemp but the fibres of bananas.

Manila rope is named after the capital of the Philippines, as the banana plant from which the fibres are used is a native plant of the Philippines.

Manila rope is in some sense more superior to hemp rope when used in sailing because the manila rope is better at expelling unwanted liquids from the inside of the rope when laid out to dry. Thick hemp ropes tend to hold water on the inside, causing rot to eventually breakout while seeming to be dry on the outside, this, of course, can cause the rope to break.

Before manila ropes became popular, hemp ropes were used in sailing. To combat the issue of rot breaking out inside the rope, sailors would tar the rope, making it waterproof. The sailor who was responsible for tarring was commonly referred to as ‘Jack Tar’


West Coast Paracord Twisted Manila Hemp Rope can be purchased in a humungous variety of lengths and thicknesses allowing you to get exactly the hemp rope you’re looking for.

West Coast Paracord’s hemp ropes are improved with mineral oil which makes them perfect against any obstacle.

The hemp ropes are a little more costly, but you are paying for real quality. The hemp ropes are available in diameters of 1/2, 1/4, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 2, 3/4, 3/8, 5/8, 5/16 inch.

And available in lengths of 10, 25, 50, 100, and 600 feet. (Told you there is a humungous variety.)




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