Friday, January 31, 2014

Basic Knots

This is a list of basic knots that can be used in everyday situations that the average person may encounter. I've left off knots like the sheep shank. There are not many people who work with rope that can recall ever using it. I've also left off the most basic knot; the square knot due to low security. In my opinion it is better to learn one high security knot than a range of knots. Other knots are listed here due to the ease of tying and functionality. (ABOK is the listing number for the Ashley Book of Knots).

Buntline Hitch
The Buntline Hitch was originally employed to secure the buntlines to the foot of the square sails. Repeated shaking and jerking by a flapping sail tended to tighten this knot - hence its value. (ABOK # 1847, p 310)

Alpine Butterfly
This is a fixed loop that can be tied in the middle of a rope. Use it to attach items that you don't want sliding around. And it's a fun knot to tie. You could also use this knot to start the Trucker's Hitch (below). (ABOK # 1053, p 191)

Figure Eight Loop
I like this loop due to its security and ease of tying. The Figure 8 Follow Through allows the simple and reliable Figure 8 loop to be tied to a ring, a carabiner, or your own harness. It is reasonably easy to remember, tie, and check. When completed it forms a Figure 8 Loop (ABOK # 1047, p 190).

Figure Eight Stopper Knot
A easy knot to tie, this is used as a stopper knot. (ABOK # 570, p 95.)

Clove Hitch
A good general-purpose hitch of medium security. (ABOK # 1245, p 224)

Constrictor Knot
The best of all binding knots. It's so good, you will need a knife to remove it. (ABOK # 1188, p 216.)

Truckers Hitch
If you only learn how to tie one knot, this is it. When your friends ask you to help them move, if you can demonstrate this knot, you will be a hero. If you have ever needed to secure a load, this is the knot to do it. (ABOK # 2124, p 344)