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Basic Knots

THUMB KNOT

 

Type: Stopper knot.     

Use: Secures the end of a fraying rope, orstops the     rope going through a hole or pulley etc.

Remarks:    Jams tight, so hard toundo.


CLOVE HITCH

 

Type: Hitch.                  

Use: Securing rope to a post, and also startingsome lashings in pioneering.

REEF KNOT

 

Type: Bend          

Use: Tying tworopes together, but best left for tying the ends of a triangular bandage.

Remarks: Derives its name from use for ‘reefing’ sails.


FIGURE OF EIGHT KNOT

 

Type: Stopper knot       

Use: Asabove.

Remarks:    Less likely to jam,and results in a bigger stopper.


TWO HALF HITCHES

 

Type: Hitch.                  

Use: Securing a rope to a post, but more securethan a clove hitch.

 Remarks: If you turn the rope twice round the post it becomes ‘RoundTurn & Two Half Hitches’ – even more secure.

SHEEPSHANK

 

Type: Knot           
Use: Shortening a rope or temporaryrepair to a frayed part of the rope (Example: Frayed at X)


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