Making a rope handle for a Jugger Chain

This instructable is part of a series looking at manufacturing equipment for use in a sport called "Jugger." Jugger is a game derived from a 1980s action flick called "The Blood of Heroes" written by David Webb Peoples (12 Monkeys, Blade Runner, Unforgiven) and can be thought of as being like rugby with weapons. An example of a game can be seen here.

The chain is arguably the mightiest weapon on the Jugger field, those fail to argue so often end up facing an irate chain player. But what the cowering staff-player facing three meters of rage fails to realise, is that even the most frightening chain has a humble beginning. A seed, if you will, from which it's fury sprouts. This is the story of how to plant your own seed...

For this instructable you will need...
-Some cable ties
-A lighter
-Some synthetic rope (I used doubled 8 strand polyaramid, but the process is much the same for other braids)
-A glass of water (Not pictured)
-Electrical tape (Optional)
-A marlinspike (I used a cooking skewer and a biro due to marlinspikelessness)
-A breadknife (Or other serrated blade, a hacksaw would do quite well)

Also pictured are a craft knife and a scissors, I'd forgotten quite how tough polyaramid rope is and they turned out to be pretty useless.

Sourcing rope: This is an excellent project to use up spare bits of rope you might have lying around. So long as they're twisted or braided rope they should be fine. Compound ropes with cores tend to be too complicated to braid. If you don't have any old rope, a chandlers (boat shop) or hardware shop are a good bet.

The basic idea is to create a loop which easily fits over your hand, with two tails spliced into each other to serve as a handle. If you've never spliced rope before I recommend starting with a simpler braid of rope, but it is simpler than it looks.

A simpler method of making a chain handle is to sew a piece of polyester webbing tape into a loop, with a smaller loop at the other end to attach to the chain. An even simpler way is just to follow step one of this instructable, and then simply duct tape the ends of the rope together without splicing. Even simpler still is to just duct tape the chain to your arm, but if you're reading this I'm guessing you care about how your equipment looks and want to make something that will last the test of time, as well as the much more serious tests of hitting things and getting soaked in mud.

Armed horde: -GET ON WITH IT!-

Oh all right...
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Jugger Ireland (author) 1 year ago
@Mikesaurus: No problem. Sorry about replying out of sequence by the way. The captcha won't let me reply to comments for some reason.
Jugger Ireland (author) 1 year ago
@Mikesaurus: Jugger is a sport similar to a cross between fencing and rugby. The chain is a 3m long piece of plastic chain with a foam ball on the end. There's a chain player in the first few seconds of this clip: