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Old April 27th, 2013 #4
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never made rope. smoked a lot though. a lot.
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Old June 11th, 2013 #5
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Useful link on knots.
http://www.animatedknots.com/?LogoIm...matedknots.com
 
Old March 4th, 2014 #6
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Old March 4th, 2014 #7
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It's truly amazing how many people out there these days don't know the difference between even a square knot, and a granny knot.
Well, I can tell you the difference.
One holds, the other doesn't.
One can save you, the other can injure or kill you given the right/wrong circumstances.

I know quite a bit about common knots, lashings, splicing etc.
And I've found this knowledge to be very useful in everyday situations.

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Old March 4th, 2014 #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Squarehead Chris View Post
It's truly amazing how many people out there these days don't know the difference between even a square knot, and a granny knot.
Well, I can tell you the difference.
One holds, the other doesn't.
One can save you, the other can injure or kill you given the right/wrong circumstances.

I know quite a bit about common knots, lashings, splicing etc.
And I've found this knowledge to be very useful in everyday situations.

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...am also interested in and familiar with a variety of common knots.

As to the square knot, I've found that the figure eight (or "fireman's knot"), although slightly more complicated, is much to be preferred over the square knot (or the bowline, for that matter). The figure eight puts much less stress on the rope strands itself, and is generally easier to untie.

True, the ability of most kwans to use and tie appropriate knots is typically nil. Still, facility with knot tying seems to be largely a White thing; the best most nigs seem to do with a knot is a ball of twisted mess.

Simplest and most awesome knot: The clove hitch.
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Old March 4th, 2014 #9
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...am also interested in and familiar with a variety of common knots.

As to the square knot, I've found that the figure eight (or "fireman's knot"), although slightly more complicated, is much to be preferred over the square knot (or the bowline, for that matter). The figure eight puts much less stress on the rope strands itself, and is generally easier to untie.

True, the ability of most kwans to use and tie appropriate knots is typically nil. Still, facility with knot tying seems to be largely a White thing; the best most nigs seem to do with a knot is a ball of twisted mess.

Simplest and most awesome knot: The clove hitch.
Clove hitches are great.
Quick, easy and safe.
The only problem with them is they can be kinda difficult to undo if they've been yanked on real hard.
(always "lock" a clove hitch with a half hitch when possible)

Another great knot to know is the Carrick Bend.
This is a knot used to join two pieces of line (rope if you're a cowboy) together.
It will join different diameters and different types/materials of line together safely.
And like a Bowline, it can be easily undone.

P.S. Don't ever call line "rope" while working on a commercial fishing boat, you'll catch some serious shit/ridicule for that one.

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