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    Default MAKO: Q8 SS Inserts for Small ID Latex Bands

    Q8 Stainless Steel Wishbone Inserts for small ID (1/16") tubing

    Designed by SpearQ8, who is arguably the most well respected authority on speargun kinetics and technology, these stainless steel wishbone
    inserts are made specifically for small (1/16") ID tubing, such as the MAKO/Primeline small ID tubing.



    These are the best wishbone inserts for small ID tubing that I have seen.

    • You can change your dyneema without re-tying bands (no tools needed)
    • They are easy to install.
    • They won’t pull out.
    • And they keep the water from being siphoned into the bands.
    • These things are awesome!


    Warning: Do not use these wishbone inserts for regular ID tubing. They are specifically designed for the MAKO/Primeline small ID tubing.

    Helpful hint: Burn a “stop bulb” on each end before tying your knots. These “stop bulbs” provide additional protection against knots slipping.

    Bitly

    Dive Safe

    Dano

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    There are actually two knots that are recommended by SpearQ8.

    • single loop
    • double loop

    In either case, before tying your knot, there are two important requirements.

    #1: The bridle material must be stiff, like my South African Wishbone cordage.
    I have tested wishbone cordage from many suppliers from around the world and the
    South African cordage is the toughest cordage I have found.

    #2: You must create a really good size “burn ball” at the end of your cord.
    If you are unsure about the integrity of the burn ball, you can add a simple
    half hitch knot at the end for added assurance that it will not pull through.


    Below is a photo of the burn ball only.


    Below is a photo of the burn ball plus a simple half hitch knot.



    Single loop Knot:

    Step 1:
    Thread cordage through hole and create a burn ball at the end.




    Step 2: Wrap the cordage around the shank one time and pass the end through the loop that you just created.



    Step 3: Pull tight, ensuring the burn ball is well outside of the knot.



    NOTE: For additional confidence, you can also tie a ½ hitch knot on the end after you create your burn ball.


    Double loop:


    Step 1:
    Thread cordage through hole and create a burn ball at the end.



    Step 2: Wrap the cordage around the shank two times and pass the end through the two loops that you just created.






    Step 3: Pull tight, ensuring the burn ball is well outside of the knot.



    Once again, I would like to thank SpearQ8 for sharing these awesome inserts with me.
    We are all pretty darn lucky to have him around.

    Dive safe,
    dano

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