Bank Line, what is and where do I get it?

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slasha9

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Hello one and all!
Like many others here I have been reading Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury and find it stands up pretty well against Mears and Kochanski. However I am puzzled by his near constant reference to bank line. I get the impression that it's some form of fishing line but I'm not sure, perhaps it's known by some other name on this side of the Atlantic?
I have found a few references to it on YouTube (I think ) and it looks like a narrower alternative to paracord.
Any help in shedding light on this would be much appreciated
Thanks in advance
 

Robson Valley

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We see that here as #18 tarred nylon seine line. Most use in ocean commercial fish netting. Because it is ever so slightly elastic,
I use a lot of it for whipping blades into Pacific Northwest native style wood carving tools. Uncoated, in white/yellow/pink, it's sold
in hardware stores as "surveyor's cord."

 

Quixoticgeek

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Timely, I've just written a post about some of the alternatives to paracord (didn't have any bank line to test). You can find it [thread=132236]here[/thread].

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Robson Valley

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If you're on or near the coast, try a ship's chandler, usually on the waterfront.

Wearing leather gloves and pulling hard to get the blades to "sit down," I surprised at how little of the black tar-stuff
comes off on my gloves.

Quixotigeek: thanks for the line reviews. I can only dream with the general crud in local stores.
Everybody here is still in love with 3-strand polypropylene instant unravelling cord.