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Part II of do you know how to tie a knot. Five more useful knots.
Knot: Sheet Bend
The sheet bend is a very popular and easy-to-tie knot that allows for ropes to be combined. It is very effective for combining different rope-thicknesses to make for a sturdier rope.
Applications: Excellent to use when little material is available and you are trying to make a secure line for a descent or load. Use this bend-knot to secure things like bed sheets with rope and/or different thicknesses of rope to create a sturdier line that can hold more weight.
Knot: Reef Knot
This is a common sailing knot which is used for furling sails, but it also acts as a simple and effective means of using two ropes to secure a tarp or some other item. It is not suggested to use this rope to hold heavy weight.
Applications: This may not be the most effective knot for securing light items, such as a tarp or clothes line, but as it is easy to learn and quick to tie, it should be studied and remembered.
Knot: Clove Hitch
The clove hitch is one of the most crucial knots to learn and is highly coveted by rock climbers for creating a bight on a carabineer. A bight allows you to tie a knot in the rope without using the ends, which is essential for creating a climbing path.
Applications: A climber’s safe haven for ascending and descending. It can also be used to create a chain tether for groups crossing rivers. This is accomplished by tying a knot around the belt or belt loops of each person, thereby creating a safety tether for the entire group.
Knot: Diamond Knot
Also known as a friendship knot, this is a highly decorative piece used in jewelry and clothing. It is a great knot for combining multiple lines of rope, as in a pulley system.
Applications: This knot works in pulley systems to combine knots at the end to better signify which ropes are used for pulling and which ropes are for securing.
This is a jamming knot that works well under pressure. It is easy to tie in a cold, damp, or wet environment and is very easy to remember and apply. As you can see in the illustration, it consists of two overhand knots, with the other line simply looped through the knot before pulling taut.
Applications: As the name aptly states, this knot is suited for fishing because it can be tied while the line is wet and will not slip. Perfect for combining short pieces of string, rope, or fishing line and for adding weights and fishhooks. This is absolutely crucial for trapping and fishing and should be one of the first knots you learn.
Knot: Trucker’s Hitch
The trucker’s hitch is a very secure knot that allows for tension and adjustments after the knot has been tied. There are various methods used in fishing, in pulleys, and for load securing. It is a great method as it does not jam and can be used as a bight when access to the ends of the rope is limited. Using this method does create considerable amount of strain and wear on the rope and therefore will eventually damage the rope.
Applications: There are various trucker’s hitch methods used in fishing, pulleys, and for load securing. It is a great method as it does not jam and can be used as a bight when access to the ends of the rope are unavailable.