Archaeologists have found 3-Strand TwistedRopes dating back thousands of years. Three-strand twisted rope is created by taking one or more bundles of fibre and twisting them into a strand. The three formed strands are then twisted to produce the finished rope. Initially, twisted ropes were all made by hand, but now we make them on modern compound rope machines. 4-strand ropes can also be made in the same manner and are common in continental Europe.
Southern Ropes supplies ropes with a plaited cover. These covers give the core rope extra protection against wear and chafing. Applications where a rope will be rubbed or chafed will benefit significantly from using a cover.