The key tool for ply-split braiding
What is a Gripfid?
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The Gripfid is an invention of Stuart Grainger. A small knotter's fid has an added "grip", a hollow shaft that ends near the point with a vee that acts as a jamming cleat. For Ply-Split Braiding the using the point separates plies, and another cord is tucked inside the Gripfid and pulled back through the split cord. Although a latchhook may be used instead of a Gripfid, the latter is much preferred.
We have developed an original and improved gripfid design. Our gripfids start with a hollow knitting needle rather than a tube. Thus the point is already perfectly formed. We need only make the hollow cord channel and interior vee-groove. For more discussion on making gripfids, see our Making Gripfids page. Our Gripfids can be purchased from our ply-splitting tool catalog.
We offer gripfids in three standard sizes; special sizes may be ordered.
Standard Sizes $11.00 each
New to Ply-split Braiding? See Getting Started in Ply-split Braiding.
Questions? E-mail us at PSB-tools @ louisefrench.com