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Cutting Straps
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Nick -
(byproxy) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cutting Straps on 04/06/2010 16:19:36 MDT Print View

I need to trim some straps on some of my gear... wondered if anyone had any tips on how to get a clean edge. Taking a lighter to the cut end of webbing never results in a clean edge.


Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Cutting Straps on 04/06/2010 17:12:47 MDT Print View

I have cut my straps on my Vapor Trail. Use a sharp fabric scissors and cut at 45 degrees to the length of the webbing. Then you need to fuse (i.e. melt) the edge. Use a lighter and hold the webbing horizontal to the ground and quickly go over the top and bottom of the webbing. You don't need to do it very long.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cutting Straps on 04/06/2010 17:21:50 MDT Print View

Use a hot knife.


Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Cutting Straps on 04/06/2010 18:52:11 MDT Print View

Go to your outfitter and ask to borrow the hot knife they use to cut poly rope. Works like a charm and will start an interesting conversation guaranteed.

Don Meredith

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Cutting Straps on 04/06/2010 20:27:28 MDT Print View

Superglue, then cut.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Straps on 04/06/2010 21:07:49 MDT Print View

Don't hold the lighter so close. Hold it an 1" to 1.5" away and everything will happen much slower so it's easier to get a smooth edge.

Nick -
(byproxy) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
got it! on 04/07/2010 13:22:30 MDT Print View

wound up getting a basic razor blade scraper and used my trusty microtorch to heat up the blade before cutting each strap. worked perfectly!!