Nylon Bondage Rope. I don’t actually own any of this stuff, because I’ve never felt the need. Pro: Less expensive. Pro: Perfectly fine for most types of bondage (other than suspension). Con: Poly pro or mixed material does not take color well or consistently. Con: Stretches in inconsistent/unpredictable ways. What are the pros and cons of different types of rope? What type of rope is best for you? I have some recommendations above, under “What type of rope should I use? ”, but here are some qualtiies that will let you understand why I made those recommendations and let you better decide for yourself. Research your dye carefully though. Hemp Bondage Rope.
Update (2018): In my time, I’ve explored two different batches of hemp rope; what I’ve found, is that the supplier and the quality do make a huge difference. Anonymously sourced rope. Pro: Perfectly fine for most types of bondage (other than suspension). Pro: Nylon and MFP takes dye very well, resulting in brilliant color. This is actually one of my two favourite ropes. If I’m not doing shibari, if I’m doing a quick restraint or column tie for sexual or other purposes with no care for the aesthetic, then this is my go to.
This is another synthetic bondage rope, and has many of the same properties of that rope mentioned immediately above, particularly in regards to friction. However, there are some advantages and improvements with this one which I will go over. It’s not particularly aesthetic. You don’t get great photo worthy ties with it; though you still get a restrained person, which is always good, and may be all you want in your photo. Important Factors In Choosing Any Bondage Rope. Let’s face it, price is a factor. I wouldn’t bother with trying to get something to look particularly pretty or to do a complex tie. That said, for restraint, this will generally get the job done.
You can almost see the scratchiness. Cons:. Twisted Monk makes amazing rope explicitly designed for bondage. If you buy from them through a link on my site, they give me a small percentage. Yes, I had to break it in fairly extensively; but once that was done, it’s always served me well. It looks great on a person, particularly after it’s shined up, and is just a really sweet, responsive rope that does pretty much whatever I ask of it.
I strongly suspect that if you get droplets of hot wax on it, that it will cause stiff melted crackly bits in your rope, and that’s just not going to be pleasant for either the person tying or the person being tied. It’s not particularly strong with the core removed. The times when I’ve felt it most likely that I would need to use safety scissors to get someone out of rope, have all been times when I’ve been using this kind of cotton rope. So if you’re going to use it, keep those EMT shears handy. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it; it won’t catastrophically weaken your rope, but with successive washes I would start keeping a much closer eye on how much load I put on it. You need to dry it under tension, or it will shrink and thicken unevenly. It’s very light, very smooth, very fast. I could whip this around someone’s wrists into a column tie in nothing flat, with little to no fear of friction burn. Choosing Rope. What type of rope should I use?