Twaron® Fire Poi Cord (per metre)
The next step in fire poi cords technology is now available in South Africa in the form of Twaron®! Alternatives to chain have been making waves in the international flow arts community in recent years, and Flow DNA is bringing this revolutionary idea to South African shores.
Working just as a chain would, this cord is 5 times stronger than steel and extremely heat resistant, and yet much lighter, more comfortable, and more affordable! It is so much smoother on your fingers when gripping the tether. No more pinching your fingers when wrapping around your hands, and it won’t burn you like hot metal does. It is also much lighter, making it feel more like your practice poi.
Please be aware: The way these cords are made uses a brummel splice on both ends. This is the strongest way to connect the cords to the handle and head. This does however cause the middle of the tether to be slightly thinner that the rest of it. It also causes the ends of the cords to stick out of the middle of the tether (this looks like fraying). We assure you that this does not mean your cords are unraveling! This is purely aesthetic, and while it may not look the best, it is the safest and strongest way that we know of to make these cords. This is the method used by the leading fire poi makers in the world and does not compromise the quality, safety or strength of this product.
Twaron® is a para-aramid fibre with similar physical properties to Kevlar® and Technora®. They are all designed to be incredibly strong, resistant to abrasion, chemical and UV damage, and very heat resistant. Traditionally, Kevlar® is used as fire prop wick. The most popular fibre to use for chain alternatives has been Technora®, a name you’ll recognise if you’ve looked into alternative poi cords. Teijin is the company that makes both Twaron® and Technora®. Our research found that Twaron® is more accessible in South Africa than Technora®, while maintaining the same benefits.
Note: Although it is heat resistant, it is not fire-proof, so we do not recommend direct contact with flames.
IMPORTANT: Do not dip the cords in paraffin, or spill paraffin on the cords, this will cause them to set alight when you do a burn. Rather add the paraffin to your container before dipping, being certain the tethers don’t come into contact with the paraffin.
- Fire resistant poi cords that are way more comfortable than chain!
- Also lighter than chain.
- Tensile strength: (GPa) 2.4-3.6
- Decomposition point: 500°C