Answered the whole question, just like that.
Let’s start with cotton. To your right is a picture of braided cotton rope from one of the many 1-8 dollar shops in my city. Summary:. This is actually one of my two favourite ropes. If I’m not doing shibari, if I’m doing a quick restraint or column tie for sexual or other purposes with no care for the aesthetic, then this is my go to. Smooth, soft, fast, secure. It is possible to dye it. It’s reasonably light, and you can carry a lot of it around with you if you like using lots of rope. Cons:. Basically all the same cons as the one just above, with the addition of bulkier knots due to the increased thickness of it.
Cons. 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. 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. Once I finally ordered some, I had a very different experience; which just goes to show, the supplier makes a huge difference in the quality of the rope you get. Click here for a full review of the hemp rope I ordered from Twisted Monk.
It’s very smooth, with almost no tooth, which means a lot less friction, making it a slicker, faster rope. In general, most synthetic ropes are like that, to one level or another. The second lot of jute I purchased (200 metres, 8 mm) cost a lot more, but I was treating myself to a “savings milestone” so I’m not too upset. It was very good quality and exactly what I wanted (Esinem Jute). And the answer is, inevitably (drum-roll please):. It really depends on you and who you’re tying. 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.
You don’t get great photo worthy ties with it; though you still get a restrained person, which is always good, and may be all you want in your photo. Summary:. Exactly what I need. So, to sum up the whole post:. So if you’re going to use it, keep those EMT shears handy. (On the plus side, it’s not expensive to replace when you do cut it.).
Very few knots required. All the same pros as hemp, basically, with a few more thrown in. Nylon Bondage Rope. I don’t actually own any of this stuff, because I’ve never felt the need. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities. Cons. 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. At the moment, my two favourite ropes are the Twisted Monk Hemp for bedroom ties, and Tossa Jute for absolutely everything else. I really value it’s incredibly good performance and aesthetic.