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Surgeon's Knot54 viewsRATKINSON
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Zepplin Bend54 viewsRATKINSON
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Tautline Hitch51 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.RATKINSON
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Ring Knot49 viewsThis is one of the best bends a beginner could tie. It is very easy to remember, easy to tie and quite handsome. The ring knot is a bit hard to untie and is a bit bulky, but otherwise a very respectable knot. To tie: Follow the diagrams, which will create two overhand knots interlocked.RATKINSON
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Reef Knot48 viewsRATKINSON
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Seizing Bend45 viewsRATKINSON
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Timber Hitch45 viewsUsed to attach a rope to a log for dragging.
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Ashley's Bend40 viewsA superb bend invented by C.W. Ashley. It is easy to tie, very reliable, one of the strongest bends and very easy to untie. The only minus is, that it is a bit bulky, but the appearance is still quite attractive. To tie: Follow the first diagram to create two interlocked loops. Then pass the ends of the ropes down the center part of the knot. Pull on the ropes to set the knot. RATKINSON
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Hangman's Knot38 viewsThis knot needs no definition. It is made with eight or nine turns and not thirteen as is often superstitiously suggested. Apart from its obvious function, it is a useful knot for the end of a lanyard.RATKINSON
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Sheepshank38 viewsUsed to temporarily shorten a rope, or isolate a weak portion of rope.RATKINSON
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Sailor's Hitch37 viewsDraws up without working to form a strong, secure hitch that will not jam. It may be used as a way to tie a smaller rope to a very large rope. (The smaller rope should pull left when tied as shown here.) Push a bight through the final tuck to form a Slipped Sailor's Hitch.RATKINSON
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Ladderlashing Knot36 viewsLadder lashing allows for a quick and secure method for constructing a ladder or for constructing a decking with evenly space decking pieces. This form of lashing has several advantages over the traditional floor lashing. Less material is required because unlike floor lashing a space can be left between each piece of the decking. Also, each rung is securely lashed in place by several loops of rope in much the same way as a square lashing; with the traditional floor lashing only a single loop of the rope holds each end of the decking in place, therefore if one piece loosens, the entire deck loosens. The ladder lashing has two forms; left and right, each is a mirror image of the other. RATKINSON
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Snuggle Hitch36 viewsRATKINSON
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Angler's Loop34 viewsRATKINSON
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Ladderlashing Knot34 viewsSTART: The ladder lashing is started by using a clove hitch stopped with two half hitches to secure a rope to the top end of each rail.
STEP 1: Lay an overhand loop over each side rail so that the running end of each loop is to the outside.
STEP 2: Place a rung across the rails so that the standing part of each overhand loop is over the end of the rung and the running part of each overhand loop is under the rung.
STEP 3: Pull the running part side of each overhand loop behind and to the outside of each rail.
STEP 4: Then pull the loop over the end of the rung.
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Alpine Butterfly33 viewsRATKINSON
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Anchor Hitch33 viewsRATKINSON
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Hangman's Knot32 viewsThis knot needs no definition. It is made with eight or nine turns and not thirteen as is often superstitiously suggested. Apart from its obvious function, it is a useful knot for the end of a lanyard.RATKINSON
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3 Strand Braid31 viewsRATKINSON
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Sheetbend31 viewsUsed to join two ropes together, which may be of unequal thickness. RATKINSON
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Man Harness Knot30 viewsRATKINSON
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Hunter's Bend28 viewsRATKINSON
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Slipped Sheet Bend26 viewsRATKINSON
prusikknot.jpg
Prusik Knot25 viewsRATKINSON
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3 Tripple Bowline24 viewsRATKINSON
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Cleat Hitch24 viewsRATKINSON
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Figure 8 Knot23 viewsRATKINSON
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Clove Hitch22 viewsUsed to start a lashing, or otherwise loosely attach a rope to a pole.
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2 Half Hitches21 viewsUsed to attach a rope to a pole or guy point. Must be securely tightened.
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Constrictor Knot21 viewsRATKINSON
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