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MANILA ROPE 90 FT X 5/16 inch. For Display Only
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We have obtained several examples of Manila rope. These look like real climbing ropes, about 30 yards long (90 feet), and were made from natural fibers, as was most rope before the invention of nylon.

This rope was advertised as Surplus Climbing Rope from the Italian Army. Maybe.  This rope is probably too weak to use as an actual climbing rope. It is too small a diameter, only 3/8 or 5/16 inch, and not the highest quality fiber that manila climbing ropes were made of.
 
These ropes are in used or new condition, and would make an excellent item for someone setting up a display of old and vintage gear, in his house or even a museum. If you use these ropes for climbing however, and you fall, you will die.

Manila rope is still in use today all over the world, as it is stronger than anything else that can be easily harvested and woven, and is not expensive. It is also used for making paper. Much of the manila fiber (also called Abaca or Musa textilis) comes from the Philippines, and is named after their capitol city.
 
In the early days of climbing, ropes were used to catch falls by the second, that is, the middle or last person on the ropes, which exerts little force on the rope. The force of a person falling just the length of the slack in a rope, a few feet, is little more than his body weight, and these ropes served that purpose well.
 
With the advent of high level rock climbing in the 20th century, the possibility that the leader could fall a long distance dramatically increased the forces on the rope, as well as the anchors and the belayer. Often the weakest link in this system was the rope, which could break. Nylon, with its elasticity and great strength, solved the problem of rope breakage, except when a small diameter rope was called upon to do heavy duty work.
 
This rope is called 'Manila' because it was sourced from a plant in the Philippines, and is sometimes referred to as 'Hemp.' Hemp is a plant material related to Marijuana that has been used for rope making for thousands of years. It is coarser, weaker and more vulnerable to water damage than Manila. Manila Rope is actually from a plant in the banana family (see below).
 
These ropes weigh 4 pounds each, postage will be $15 USA. Canada is $45, and international is $70 (but we can send 2 ropes for the same price.) Media Rate does not apply, and our Free Postage offer for a  $75 book order does not apply, because this ain't a book!
 
 
 
Manila rope

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Manila rope is a type of rope made from manila hemp. Manila hemp is a type of fiber obtained from the leaves of the abacá. It is not actually hemp, but named so because hemp was long a major source of fiber, and other fibers were sometimes named after it. The name refers to the capital of the Philippines, one of the main producers of abacá.

Manila rope is very durable, flexible and resistant to salt water damage, allowing its use in rope, hawsers, ship's lines and fishing nets. It can be used to make handcrafts like bags, carpets, clothing and furniture.

Manila ropes shrink when they become wet. This effect can be advantageous under certain circumstances, but if it is not a wanted feature, it should be well taken into account. Since shrinkage is more pronounced the first time the rope becomes wet, new rope is usually immersed into water and put to dry before use so that the shrinkage is less than it would be if the rope had never been wet. A major disadvantage in this shrinkage is that many knots made with manila rope became harder and more difficult to untie when wet, thus becoming subject of increased stress.
 
Abacá

Abacá (from Spanish 'abacá' for Musa textilis), Musa textilis, is a species of banana native to the Philippines, grown as a commercial crop in the Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. The plant is of great economic importance, being harvested for its fibre, once generally called Manila hemp, extracted from the trunk or pseudostem.

On average, the plant grows about 12 feet (4 meters) tall. The fiber was originally used for making twines and ropes; now most abacá is pulped and used in a variety of specialized paper products including tea bags, filter paper and banknotes. It is classified as a hard fiber, along with coir, henequin and sisal.

Abacá was first cultivated on a large scale in Sumatra in 1925 under the Dutch, who had observed its cultivation in the Philippines for cordage since the 19th century, followed up by plantings in Central America in 1929 sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Commercial planting began in 1930 in British North Borneo; with the commencement of WWII, the supply from the Philippines was cut off by the Japanese.

Today, abaca is produced commercially in only three countries: Philippines, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Yields are highest in Costa Rica, but the industry is new and planted acreage limited.


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