This rope is very similar to the lightest Japanese jute (asanawa) costing many times as much! Asanawa Tossa Lite is made from tossa jute, as used in Japan, which gives a stronger rope that ages beautifully and is much darker than White Jute. It comprises 3-plies made up of double yarn threads, instead of the single yarns more common in Japanese rope, to create an extremely light, yet durable rope. This is my lightest and most flexible rope due to the looser lay (twist). The double twisted yarns provide excellent resistance to 'high-stranding', i.e. going out of balance, common with loose laid ropes. This 100% natural jute rope is supplied as 8m ropes finished with an overhand knot. The 5mm measures around 4.8mm, 6mm is around 5.7mm and the 7mm is about 6.8mm.
It's so good that it can be used as is, just like the best Japanese rope. If you are really fussy, just singe off the fuzzies, which are minimal, and treat it with Tsubaki Oil (Other section in my shop). However, it will break in and mature beautifully with just a bit of use. If you prefer, it is available already lovingly treated by hand. This is an amazingly durable rope which just gets better and better with use. The tight double twisted yarns mean it resists 'high-stranding', i.e. going out of balance, and is very nicely defined. The 6mm is one of my personal favourites. Due to the loose lay and lightness, I refer this rope dry treated.
5.5mm Tossa Lite with a tighter lay and just a little more weight and density. A very nice, balanced and stable rope. In fact, it is so different from the other batches from the same supplier that it should really have a name of its own.
Tossa Lite Natural
This rope is much more like the original Tossa as the lay is tighter but the weigh is around 25% less and it is also flexible enough just to be dry treated. The fibre and consistency of manufacture are superior to the other members of the Lite family.