When rope splicing it can be very difficult to pull through a rope. Even a D-SPLICER pulling fid will not always do the job as more strength needs to be applied and/or there is not enough space.
A Softfid is another great innovation by D-SPLICER. Simple and effective! You first pull through the thin Dyneema rope and then clamp the rope into the white cover. By pulling the Softfid, the cover will tighten itself around the rope.
We call it the F-serie D-SPLICER. A serie of three needles with fixed handles. Comes in diameters of 15, 20 and 25 mm. Whilst the original D-SPLICER set has spare needles and a tube for easy storage, the fixed needles are low weight and ready to use.
My prototype was just ready and presented to some riggers at the METS in Amsterdam this year. I was overwhelmed by the reactions and interest for the tools. Good thing we just ordered a first batch and were soon ready to deliver.
When trying to splice 3mm dyneema core-to-core my standard splicing needle set did not give me what I needed. I tried to make something out of a metal wire and a cork. That worked pretty well. With a mechanical engineering background I probably have a more than average interest in tools and technique. I started to improve my self made tool and worked with a manufacturer to produce it. A new product was born: D-SPLICER needle.