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Knots


Basic Knots with Animation and Usage
Basic Scout KnotsThese are the eight basic knots that all scouts should be able to tie without even thinking twice. Click any image for an animation of the knot Square ...

Bends Midspan Sheet Bend
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Bends Zeppelin Bend
Zeppelin BendAlso known as the Rosendahl Bend, it's perhaps the best way to connect two ropes that there is. It's absolutely secure and jerk-resistant in all materials and is ...

Hitches Midshipmans or Tautline Hitch
Midshipman's Hitch or Tautline HitchThis hitch is really just an adjustable loop used for non-critical applications where you need to adjust the size of a loop to apply tension ...

Hitches Pile Hitch Double Pile Hitch
Pile HitchThis is a convenient hitch when you have access to the end of the post. If you need a more secure hitch, you can make it a Double ...

Hitches Sailors Hitch Gripping Sailors Hitch
Draws up without having to work the hitch snug to form a strong, secure hitch that will not jam. It may be used as a way to tie a smaller ...

Hitches Slipped Buntline Hitch
Slipped Buntline HitchAlthough a standard buntline hitch has a terrible tendency to jam up, the slipped form of the buntline hitch helps alleviate this problem and thereby makes it more ...

Hitches Timber Hitch
Timber HitchThis is one of the few classical hitches that is truly useful and reliable. Its security is admirable and it always casts off without trouble after use. Just ...

Larks Loop and Double Larks Loop
Lark's Loop Double Lark's LoopAn easy-to-remember end loop that can be tied around or through an object. It appears more secure than a bowline in slippery rope. It's easier ...

Loops Nooses Butterfly Loop or Linemans Loop
Butterfly Loop or Lineman's LoopThis is my favorite loop knot tied in the bight. It's secure, strong, approximately symmetrical, easy to tie, and never jams, even when wet. There are ...

Loops Nooses Slippery 8 Loop
Slippery 8 LoopThis adjustable loop was described to me by Dave Poston and probably was discovered by him. It has surprising security for an adjustable loop and has the ...

Loops Nooses The Bowline
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Loops Nooses Water Bowline
Water BowlineThis is a very secure loop probably developed for use in an environment that make security properties for most knots change dramatically... underwater. Although shown separated for clarity, draw ...

Other Storing Your Rope
Storing Your Rope (2 Methods)The first of two methods I'll describe is shown above. It goes by many different names including an Electrician's Braid and a Double Monkey Chain. ...

Other The Boa The Constrictor Knot
The Boa Knot & The Constrictor KnotThe Boa and the Constrictor are both excellent binding knots. They are not intended to be hitches nor would I recommend it because they ...

Poldo Tackle
Poldo TackleAn interesting contrivance that allows you to instantly apply and release tension on the line. Push the loops together to slacken, and pull the loops away from each other ...

The Power of Friction
The Power of FrictionThe frictional resistance force, shown above, varies exponentially with the number of turns around the fixed round object and exponentially with the coefficient of friction. What that ...

Tip for untying jammed knots
How to Untie Tight KnotsAre you looking for an easier way to untie jammed-up knots? One way is to quickly twist the parts of the rope just outside the knot ...



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