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The gripfid is an invention of knotting expert Stuart Grainger.[1] It is a small knotter's fid with an added "grip", a hollow shaft that ends near the point with a vee that acts as a jamming cleat.

A Gripfid.
A Gripfid tool being used to pull a cord in ply-split braiding.

For ply-split braiding the point separates plies, and another cord is tucked into the hollow shaft of the gripfid and pulled back through the split cord. Although a latchhook may be used instead of a gripfid, the latter is much preferred.[2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Stuart Grainger, Knotted Fabrics (ISBN 0-9530398-0-3), pages 71–74
  2. ^ Peter Collingwood, "The Techniques of Ply-split Braiding" (ISBN 0-9625586-9-9)
  3. ^ "Tools for Ply-split Braiding"
  4. ^ "Making Gripfids"
  5. ^ "How to Make a Gripfid for Ply-Splitting"
  6. ^ "Tools for Tablet Weaving and Ply-Splitting"