This twine is made from two strands of tarred hemp twisted with a left hand lay. It was very widely used as a serving when wire ropes were hand spliced to cover and protect the loose strands. The tar ensures its durability to the elements as well as protecting splices from water penetration. The smell is quite fantastic and I like to keep a roll onboard simply to impart an old world nautical atmosphere on the good ship. One day we will develop Arthur Beale Tarred Marline After Shave Lotion. Technical Specification: Left hand lay tarred hemp.