But there is an easy way to prevent, or even fix, this issue.
A simple action that when I mention it, people seem a bit surprised: Burn the end of the cord.
- Cut cord with a sharp knife or scissors. You want a clean cut.
- Apply lighter to end of cord.
- Melt the end a bit.
- You may have to gently use your fingers to twist/push together cord to make a seal.
- Let the end cool off.
- Done! Your cord is less likely to fray/will no longer be frayed.
I’ve even fixed my shoelaces using this method.
No need to purchase heat shrink tubes for utilitarian cordage.
As a side note, part of the reason why I am liking bank line more is that bank line is a lot less prone to fraying.
NOTE: These tips are for accessory cord for utilitarian use. Any rope or cord used in more technical activities such as climbing, please follow the proper steps as detailed in many climbing resources. Cordage for utilitarian use, and the care of it, has different considerations when used for climbing purposes.