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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I didn't want to risk anything with something I trust my life with so I bought this. My life is worth more than saving $8 (although I have no doubt using a non-solvent marker works fine).
Seems to be holding up fine after one big climbing trip in Yosemite. The bottle resealed fine for future uses and was easy to apply.
NOTE: The bottle has reverse threads!!! I couldn't open it then after nearly breaking the plastic bottle with two pliers I figured it out...and it was very easy to open. So it's not lefty...loosey! Just a heads up.
3 stars = adequate for the job
Can also use any water-based marker
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Bluewater has a good discussion on their FAQ about middle markers. They recommend any non-solvent based marker, particularly Sharpie's Rub-A-Dub laundry pen (which you can get for $2 on Amazon).
http://www.bluewaterropes.com/ and click on FAQs at top. Here's what they say:
"Marking pens are fine to use on ropes as long as they are water based laundry markers. Years ago solvent based markers were the norm. Some of the solvents used in these old pens could reduce the strength of the sheath strands marked. These days most pens are water based so this is not as much of an issue as in years passed. We recommend a Sharpie 'rub a dub' laundry marking pen."
How To: Mark a Rope
Here is a little video on how to mark your rope with the Beal Rope Marker. This rope marker is specially made for marking climbing and Rappelling ropes without damaging the sheath. It can be a little messy so be prepared for that.