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  1. Yep. Here's the one sent to me for testing. The derived diameter is about 10 percent larger but the labeling are all over the place as far as strength and diameter.
  2. The cheaper 7 sea or similar $35 one works fine also. Start with about medium tension for most braid and load test to 50% of labeled strength to really seat the knot. FG does not creep but a loosely tie PR knot will. FG is interlocking weave, PR is not but that is why it's also stronger.
  3. It's exactly what I tied many many years ago before tying the FG knot. Bimini is 100% strong only for very few braids and there does not seem to be rhyme or reason. I've tested some that are 100 percent and I've tested most that average around 70%. For those that are 70%, no amount of turns or tension will achieve 100 percent, although my good friend said he can achieve 100% in any braid with the use of a drill. I've seen his YouTube method and it does produce a beautiful consistent bimini wrap every time. It's hard to argue with the guy who can achieve 90%+ braid to braid connection and who can make FG knot 90% strong in any size braid with the help of a bobbin. The man truly thinks outside the box and measuring line mass was his idea.
  4. I believe it. That creates a double line FG knot that is probably 140% of the single line's ABS. That knot combination shifts the weak spot to the Bimini. And I've seen some Bimini test at 100%. It's very braid and tyer dependent.
  5. Rizz finish on both braid and mono will likely not affect FG knot negatively. Problem is when you add a ramp to the Rizz finish afterward. What happens at this stage is the main line braid grabs the tag end braid and pulls the rizutto knot apart since a rizutto is a reverse uni. If you skip the ramp, the main braid can't grab the tag end braid. See the effect here on this PR knot when a ramp is added. I pm you a link where this was discussed in details. This is especially true if the "ramp" is finish Rizz style. The main braid line and the tag end of the braid now grabs each other and pulls apart the knot or the braid cut each other off because it "locks" on to each other before the PR knot fails. PR knot is not interlocking like FG. It is a slow gradual grip allowing the knot to realize close to full ABS before breaking. You can see the "ramp" causing interaction of main braid and tag end of braid at 45 lbs or the 82% KBS mark.
  6. Label the new end by putting a piece of tape on it so I'll know which end is new.
  7. Good start, bad finish, wrong tightening procedures. But more than likely will not affect overall strength. Tag end is way...too long on mono and will snag tip guide on the way in. It is the method I use at the start. The original person to tie this is Patrick Sebile and he renamed it Sebile Knot. That was at least 6-7 years ago. You can youtube Sebile Knot. Plenty of tension in this video but you should tighten it after EXACTLY one half hitch, especially with slick braid or where the difference in braid and mono diameter is not great. Tighten after one half hitch will ensure it has the best chance to grab the mono. And tighten it by grabbing the mono and braid, not braid on braid. Then just throw 4-6 half hitches and trim mono tag end very close. There is no need for Rizutto finish although it does make the finish neater. Adding a "ramp" afterward will make it easier to reel in the mono past the tip guide but don't add a ramp if you are competing in KBS test. The "ramp" will make the main braid grab the tag end of the braid and pull it apart. This is very commonly seen in PR knot where the knot fails at 75-80% vs the 90-100% with no ramp added. You can see that effect in some of the videos I posted.
  8. Fireline is going to be more abrasive resistant because for each labeled strength, they tend to be thicker than other brand. For 20 lbs test braid, Fireline crystal 14 lbs test is more comparable in diameter. It is no doubt that fireline 20 lbs braid is going to be more abrasive resistant than 20 lbs braid in general because it is thicker. I use 10 lbs Fireline Crystal around bridge piling for sheepshead and have landed Grouper to keeper size keeping the drag at 6-7lbs. I have much more confidence in the abrasive resistant of 10 lbs Fireline Crystal than regular 10 lbs braid because it is slightly thicker but have the same or better S/W. It is a tough line that wears very well and even after worn out, still have plenty of KBS left, greater than 15 lbs when worn when FG is used.
  9. I don't thinkg any 20 lbs braid is abrasion resistant due to their diameter being so small. My instinct tells me rougher 4 strand braid is better but 8 strand will be smoother and cast farther. I think the consensus here is that Suffix 832 wears well so it should be fairly abrasion resistance.
  10. Diameter listed is the same as the J Braid x8 10 lbs. I doubt the strength of the new one would be any better based on the 15 lbs test. The J Braid x8 10 lbs already has good S/W and FG knot strength.
  11. The 8lbs Grand is great. The 15,20, and 30 is no better than the Jbraid x8. Check the chart. Virtually the same line mass when both lines are compared. 20lb Jbraid x8 has better knot strength than the Grand. Also 30lb Jbraid has better ABS.
  12. Yes. Measuring line diameter of a flat object is futile. Line mass and ABS and the resulting S/W ratio is a better indicator than Strength to diameter ratio. The density of spectra, dyneema and the izana strand(which is just a renaming of dyneema) is published at 0.97 g/cm^3(which means it is less than water and therefore floats). When 8 strands is weaved together, does it still have the same density or will it have dead space leading to a lower density. Using the maximum density which is the published density yields a diameter that is the minimal diameter possible when the strands are compressed into a cylinder. If you assume less density when multiple strands are weaved together, the calculated diameter would be even bigger. We used a figure of .85 g/cm^3 based on test samples test to Paulus and his measured diameters. That density figures yields a diameter that is 6% larger than the minimum possible diameter. I think over 90% of our derived diameters are within 10% of Paulus measured diameters where he averaged the cross sections of the braids he tested.
  13. Measure an empty and a full 1500yds spool. From the pair of radius, calculate the volume the line occupied. From there, extract the diameter and that is your actual diameter. See how close it is to the labeled diameter.
  14. Density = Mass/Volume. Density is known, Mass is weighted per foot. So volume is calculated. From the volume extract the diameter of a foot tall cylinder.
  15. Diameter is derived as usual.