Originally Posted by hugosalt
Looking to get a sense what others do
as chain to rope splices age?
On the one hand, cutting this splice off and making a new one is dead easy and at most a half hour job, so would agree with all the above and if you have any concerns I would resplice it.
On the other hand, there is no reason to suspect a rarely used splice just based on age. The age does not weaken the splice. And these splices are incredibly durable and really don't degrade much inside even in use. Most of the degrading is chafe on the outside.
I used to cut my splices open each year, and inspect and redo, but I have stopped because they were always perfect and it was just a waste of good rope. I now only do it when the chain is ready to be end for ended (when the galvanizing is worn on the anchor
end and it is starting to rust just a little).
From the facts you gave I would say you should just leave it alone. But from the fact you are asking I would suggest you might be more comfortable and sleep better if you redo the splice.
You can cover the splice if you want. Leather is the prefered material. But it probably is not all that useful in this application.