I noticed you didn't really measure out exactly how much rope is left after you cut the 3rd pair of strands. Does the amount of rope after the taper contribute to the holding strength of the splice? Or is it just the taper itself that contributes the strength?
Maybe I missed it, but I don't think the measurement was explained/demonstrated.
You're right- I didn't specify that part in the vid. Part of the reason is that when doing the locked brummel, the brummel is the splice, so you just have to have enough tail buried to keep the tail from unraveling inside the rope.
When possible, I do a tail that is a fid length long. Leave a long fid uncut and a short fid tapered.
Yep. But the jury is out. Some companies say with a locked brummel you can do a TINY tail (just a short fid) and some say even with the locked brummel you should still do the full tail (TWO fid lengths)
I split the difference.
When splicing for my own personal stuff (not to sell) I don't hesitate to put a shorter tail on things.