5 Knots You Should Know

5 Knots You Should Know

I’m going to show you one of the most
basic knots there is it’s called a square knot. It looks kind of like a square,
doesn’t it? And it’s used to splice two ropes together to make a longer rope. The
brain dead simple way to tie a square knot is to form a loop, take the other
end of the line, stick it through, around the back, and back through again. You can
always tell if it’s a proper square knot because the loops will slip by each
other when you do this this. This is a proper square knot. If the rope sizes are
different, you should tie a sheet bend. Form a loop in the bigger rope and come
out of the hole, around the back side and instead of going back to here like you
would a square knot, tuck it back under itself. That’s a sheet bend. Whenever you need to tie a loop in the end of a rope you should use a knot that sailors have been
using for centuries, if not thousands of years. It’s called a bowline and it’s one
of the most useful knots that you can ever tie. Make sure you loop on top, not
beneath because if you do that you’re knot will fall apart. So that’s the way to
start your knot. Then remember the little Boy Scout saying: “the rabbit goes out of
the hole around the tree and back through the hole.” This is an incredibly
strong knot. Whenever you need to put a loop in the middle of a rope you should
use a figure eight knot like this. Looks a little bit like an eight don’t you
think? Most people just wrap the loop around like this and tuck it through
that’ll work but you’ll never ever get it untied again. So instead of just
making one loop, go around twice. No matter how much tension you put on this
knot you’ll always be able to untie it. Way before they had ratchet straps like
this, truckers used to tie down loads with, guess what, a trucker’s hitch. This
is a very useful knot to know because you can put a tremendous amount of
pressure on with an ordinary rope. Start by tying a figure-eight loop some
distance from the end. Then run the other end of the rope
through the loop, pull it as tight as you need it and lock it in place with a
double half-hitch. Do that by running the rope behind and back through twice. If
it’s a temporary trucker’s hitch, send a loop through instead of the end of the
rope. Then you can pull on the end and release
it instantly.

2 thoughts on “5 Knots You Should Know”

  1. That was a good video, but the first knot was NOT a square knot, it was a thief knot. The ends were on opposite sides, and it slips when pulled. A square knot would have the ends on the same side, and will tighten when pulled.

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