The DIY option is fairly easy and I would have just built my own if I had come across some stainless wire in the right sizes but in a year or so of keeping an eye out no such wire has come across my purview. Not a lot of hobby shops in the Caribbean!
So, when I noticed that Duckworks had the splicing kit for around $43 and change, I decided to just buy the sucker.
Awesome. It really speeds up splicing in a big way and my first eyesplice in some old nasty 1/4" TENEX that had been exposed to the elements for a couple of years took less than two minutes which included tapering and stitching it up. I can't wait to try it out with new rope which will be a lot easier/faster. Color me a happy camper.
As it happens, I also noticed that Duckworks has the best price around on Selma fids (sort of the Rolls Royce of fids) so I took the opportunity to pick some up as well. The two sets combined will pretty much cover any splicng one has to do and has the advantage that both sets will fit into the D-Splicer tube (the Selma fids nest into each other) so that goes a long way to keeping all of the needful small fids together and organized.
Listening to Backdrop Cinderella (Good stuff...I really need to investigate Japanese Ska bands further)
So it goes...