Hemp builders line makes ideal rope..if you can get it, there are 3 thickness. Not the modern nylon. I also make other sizes on my rope walk. Although it’s 8ft long it only makes about 3ft finished rope.. To short for a lot of runs on my cutter.
I was not clever enough to turn down to 1.7. I ha d to resort to hammering the ends of 1.5 wire until paper thin, then bending around a small nail.