The new set of rope arrived, and I immediately started to examine it and worked through treating the first length.
First impressions were that it was a little out of balance on arrival, but the general quality of the rope looked good, with very few imperfections. The colour was lighter than I had seen previously, and the rope had quite a dry feel when raw, despite an immediately noticed softness. It also carries a higher innate internal tension not common to loose lay ropes I have used previously (Osada Steve, EvilGirlsHQ, Tossa lite). I'm expecting the rope to settle nicely once it has been rebalanced and hung to settle.
I singed the rope first (blue flame), just to remove the greater part of the fuzz. It was a little more smokey that I'm used to, and I did note it smells a bit different to other sets I have done. Wasn't a "wrong" smell, just different.
Second, I pulled the rope through a block of pure beeswax twice, until slightly sticky
10mins at 100deg celcius in the oven (usually do 20mins). Once again noted a higher than normal smoke content.
Oiled while still warm (pure jojoba), then loose coiled and hung to settle.
This is my normal process, I should note.
The finish is exceptional. It is soft enough to wonder at overall strength of the rope, despite knowing it has a higher strand count than most.
My only concern was whether the softness would translate to lifeless. Until I actually used it, I was only able to guess on this one.
Second night, I decided to simply singe and oil the rest of the batch, having concluded it simply didn't need full procesing. I have done that only once before (Osada Steve jute), which was borderline scratchy for a while after. The end result is as good as any other rope, post treatment, or perhaps better.
And now, a few days later, I have used it.
Aside from a slightly higher tendency to retain memory of it's compressions and locks, this has been the most enjoyable set of rope to tie with that I've seen in the last 5 years. Fast, light, soft and with excellent knot compression, this is as good as it has been claimed, or better.
And with higher resistance to high stranding and poor balance also, I cannot praise this highly enough.
I'd still like some load tests done for this, since it is a new product. Especially since a previous rope had problems in recent times, but so far I have no reason to expect anything but a strong contender for my new favorite rope.