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    Default What's this thimble for?

    They sell these in Norwegian traditional chandlers, who knows why they are designed like that, is there a special reason I haven't thought of? Looks sort of interesting.
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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    To avoid whipping the throat? just a guess!

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Probably for wire rather than soft rope.

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    For wire, that's a good probability..thanks

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOKOLOSHI View Post
    To avoid whipping the throat? just a guess!
    Maybe

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Is it the same on both sides?

    If it is, it seems like a nice way to avoid the use of a rigger’s vice.

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Is it the same on both sides?

    If it is, it seems like a nice way to avoid the use of a rigger’s vice.
    Yes it's symmetrical, good point about the vice!

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    Yes it's symmetrical, good point about the vice!
    I think that’s it. Tokoloshi has cracked it in his post no.2 above. You feed the wire in to one leg, after parcelling and serving the bit that will lie in the thimble, then push it back into the other side and haul taut, then put the whole thimble in an ordinary vice and get busy with the fid.

    I think I want some!

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Default Re: What's this thimble for?

    Brilliant! (good link as well Poignard)

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