Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is one of my go to essentials for BOBs, Vehicle Kits and around the homestead, and frankly everywhere. It is Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line. Let me say that any size bank line by Catahoula Manufacturing Incorporated (aka CMI) is fine, if you want heavier or lighter stuff there are many options, check here.
I personally recommend that you get at least one 550 foot roll of #36 because it is such a good bang for the buck. At 30 dollars with free shipping it isn’t just a monetary value either. As a pack item you are talking about a spool that weighs only a pound and yet gives you 550 of 320 pound tensile strength line. Tarred line is the best go to as a twine and binder for everything from “red neck repairs” to setting traps, building survival structures or fishing with limb lining or trot lines.
The key here is ONLY BUY Catahoula Manufacturing Line. Most bank line is in a word, shit, it isn’t tarred line just because the label says so. CMI is the only manufacturer I trust when buying this stuff online when I can’t inspect it by hand prior to purchase.
Look I know it sounds obvious but the entire point of tarred line, is that it is well, tarred. Let me explain a bit further. Tarred doesn’t mean it is black, or it has some trace bit of a tar like substance on it. No it is supposed to mean that the twine is fully impregnated with tar. It should be sticky, you should smell tar when you open it, get it tarred.
You know how they say you can’t push a string? Well if it is a tarred string you should easily be able to push a foot or so of it. Again, get it, tarred!
The point is that this twine doesn’t unravel and it holds both in knots and in wraps, the tar is what makes that happen. That way the part you red neck reparied stays put till you fix it right, or you lean to doesn’t fall on your head, or that big catfish doesn’t yank it off the sapling you used for a limb line set.
Most so called bank line or tarred line has little if any tar on it. CMI, is the real deal. So consider adding some Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line or other sizes of it to your preps. Again it is something I consider an absolute essential.
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P.S. – Yes the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord. Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.