Really Quick Wire Rope Eye-splice.




Introduction: Really Quick Wire Rope Eye-splice.

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This is a handy trick if you ever find yourself in need of an eye in a wire rope and you don't have wire rope grips (bulldog grips) or the time or know-how to make a proper splice.

This is what is known as a "Maori Splice". At least that was what it was called when I was a rigger on Sydney Harbour. I trust the name is not disrespectful to my Kiwi friends, I certainly don't intend it as such (I'm sure someone will let me know if I'm wrong). I've known plenty of Maori riggers and dogmen and they were all top blokes and good at their jobs.

This splice is not intended to replace a proper splice, but it's not bad to get you out of trouble.

Step 1: Getting Started

  • Simply split the end of the wire rope into as close to half as you can. For example a seven strand rope will split into three and four strands. See my pictures.
  • Separate the two halves by untwisting them from each other. Separate them to about three or four times the length of the eye you want to make.

Step 2: Make Your Eye

  • Pass one half over the other as if you were starting to tie your shoe laces. Make sure you follow the direction of the the lay of the rope.
  • You now have the start of your eye. Pull it to the size you require.
  • Now grab one of the ends and lay it round the other part so it neatly fits into place. Feed it round and round until you  reach the point where the two halves meet. It should form a rope looking exactly like it started out. Look at the pictures if this isn't clear - I'm finding it very hard to describe with words alone.
  • Now do the same for the other part.
  • You should now have a complete eye with two tails sticking out.
  • Twist these tails together so they form a neat rope.

Step 3: Finishing

A simple way to finish this off is to simply put a twitch of tie wire around the loose end and tie it to the main part of the rope.
Not incredibly neat, but it works.

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    10 months ago on Introduction

    I had heard the term "married splice" prior to moving to NZ and believe that "maori splice" is an interpretation of this. i.e. you marry the strands together.


    6 years ago

    This splice is a version of the "Flemish Reduced Eye splice" intended for use on a winch drum. The reduced size enables it to pass through heel blocks and gin blocks on a ship's derricks. Caution! The splice is unsafe unless it has at least 3 to 4 turns on the winch drum, it is not intended to have the full load applied to the splice, nor is it intended or approved for use in "running rigging" where rotation of the wire rope may occur. It has been used extensively in the logging industry, out of sight of safety inspectors.

    I am an 80 year old former Able Seaman, and qualified Port of Melbourne Rigger/ Wire Splicer, with comprehensive experience in splicing wire ropes used in the Ports large wharf cranes and slipways. I have never used a Flemish Eye because of the safety issues. There is an alternative splice which I used but this would be outside the capabilities of an untrained person. I would advise the novice to use at least three bulldog grips, but first make sure the saddles are placed on the live standing part and the u-bolts on the cut end, to avoid distortion of the main load bearing part of the wire.

    Be aware that a wire rope becomes a dangerous flail when it breaks and can kill or severely maim nearby workers.



    9 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks for an excellent, easy to follow guide. I used your method today to make four eye splices for a job at work. They came out beautifully and raised more than one eye brow. Nice, strong splice!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is also known as A Molly Hogan for us Sailors North of
    the Equator. Thanks, Now I won't be confused when I hear it called That!