My usual method is almost the same as Tideway.
Quick wrap of tape around the rope, then cut through the tape.
I then use a lighter to melt the end, and lick my thumb and forefinger so I can roll the end around between them to smooth it and tidy it up.
Then remove the tape.
I don't always bother with the tape depending on the rope I'm cutting, and if the wife isn't in I sometimes use the gas hob.
However, when I've gone to the bother of whipping the end of the rope properly with waxed twine it looks cracking and makes you feel good.
I've also been working out of a book lately to slpice an eye into the end of a couple of ropes which have worked out quite well. I've tried both 3 strand and braid on braid, and was surprised at how good a result is achievable with a little practice.
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