Introduction: Diesel Fish

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Diesel Fish are gear ties for your truck. Anywhere you would use a knot, you can use Diesel Fish. It's designed for rope 1/2" diameter or smaller and also works with flat webbing. It's so simple you can even tie it wearing boxing gloves!

Two years ago I posted Fish Bone Knotless Gear Tie. Since then I've gotten feedback from friends, perfect strangers, and everyone in between. This design is the sum of that feedback along with what I've learned by myself. This is how I got here...

Diesel Fish is currently funding on Kickstarter! Check it out here.

Step 1: Proof of Concept

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This design started out as a doodle on my Ipad. From there I made it out of a coat hanger. The wire prototype proved the idea but it wasn't very sturdy. So from here, I traced the silhouette onto aluminum and cut it out. Much better.

Step 2: Research & Development

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Research. I did a lot of reading. One of favorite references is the Ashley Book of Knots. That book shows you every kind of knot you would need in any situation. What I took away from it was the theory of knots and way they work. Unless your a sailor an 18th

Step 3: Laser Cutting

Step 4: Finishing

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Step 5: Uses

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Rapturee (author)2016-03-07

Nice! :{)

cutprogram1 (author)2016-01-21

These would work well as a aluminum casting. Just a thought

andy.knote (author)2014-12-30

Excellent design, nice build.

EmcySquare (author)2014-10-27

I like very much the project, still it does not make sense to me.

What do you think will take longer to your customers:

- learn how to tie knots with this fish or

- learn how to tie knots?

Kiteman (author)EmcySquare2014-11-12

To me, Fishbones et al are not about tying knots, they're about untying knots - paracord is very useful, but once a normal knot in it has been under load for some time, it becomes very hard to untie.

Mrballeng (author)EmcySquare2014-10-27

Typically people who find it easy to use a fish bone are already proficient with knots. I'm not against knots. Everyone should know all the basics.

sleeplesshollow (author)2014-11-10

I know a few riggers and their constant complaint is wet rope and knots. This has an ability to make that somewhat easier. It also eases life for those simpletons, me, that never really learned how to tie the numerous knots needed to secure light loads.

guitarwizard94 (author)2014-11-03

Do you have a full tutorial for all the uses you intended it for?

spylock (author)2014-11-02

You have all the people here commenting as to all the knots they can tie,but I will ask this question,what will hold the best in the many conditions in which traditional knots,or this thing can be used?

rayleb (author)2014-10-30

really nice concept, I'll make one my self to see how good it is for use instead of knots. Sorry that u got so many neg comments, any DIY'er will be able to do this easily from the info provided

HappyToBeAlive (author)2014-10-27

Poorly disguised ad for a kickstarter campaign.

Personally, i would just tie knots, being into Bushcraft i can tie 20 knots before you figure out how to use that darn thing!

Mrballeng (author)HappyToBeAlive2014-10-27

Three years ago I was trying to make a flower from a piece of wire. Eventually that failure led to this project. I kept posting instructables and learning from each one. Regularly contributing to this community, along with receiving constructive criticism, is all part of the journey. At this point I'm trying to fund this on Kickstarter. Nothing cloak and dagger about it. When the campaign is over the creative process will go full circle. The funds will go towards more making more instructables and hopefully inspiring people to be creative.

Thanks for the comment and for being a contributing member. Brent

Lextone (author)2014-10-26

Love the idea of the fish bones. I made one back when you posted your first paracord design. Then I bought one. But I have yet to find a real world use. I end up tying knots. I can tie faster than fumbling with the bones.

Still, very cool! Good luck!

Mrballeng (author)Lextone2014-10-27

Knots will always work! I'm glad you like idea and thanks for the comment.

MichaelH14 (author)2014-10-27

This would make a great snatch block for 4 wheeling as well as a tow strap device

your_dragon113 (author)2014-10-26

Is this an Instructable or a sales ad? I see the pictures showing how it can be used well as on several other sites, much with the same pictures too. That this is being featured really is sad and shows that the staff are grasping at straw trying to find something to feature.

I looks great, shows its usefulness and an alternative to other such devices established long ago yet this reads more like an Ad, something I was Quite sure was against policy here.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but...."a place for everything and everything in its place". IS this the place for an ad?

paliaspip (author)your_dragon1132014-10-26

I agree and concur that unless you are gona provide the CAD file and details of manufacturing, you are using the wrong place to gain a platform. This is a site to share how to make something, not to fund a kickstarter. Having said that, I would love you to put the CAD file up.

neffk (author)paliaspip2014-10-27

I think it's OK to post a recipe. All the essential ingredients are here. You should be able to get the approximate shape from the pictures... Small deviations probably won't effect performance. If it doesn't work out on the first try, tweak and re-try.

I think it's generous that they've chosen to share the idea even as they pursue commercial production. Obviously, most of us like making stuff ourselves so it doesn't really cut into the market. I think this spreads good will and inspiration. Thanks for posting, Mrballeng.

CrouchingFather (author)2014-10-27

Kind of an odd thing now a days to have straps that don't ratchet with you, would make a cool knife handle.

Add a CAD file and i'll like otherwise this is an add and should be kicked off instructables.

jwyatt8171 (author)2014-10-26

I really like this product, but it's not much of an instructable. I wish I could buy a few sets for Christmas gifts for my brothers and father. Any chance of that happening?

Mrballeng (author)jwyatt81712014-10-26

It's funding on kickstarter right now. The link is in the intro. I don't think I'll get them in by Christmas though.

DB.Cooper (author)2014-10-26

have you tried out your bottle opener? how well does it work?

Blue Hawaii (author)2014-10-26

Useful tool. Incorporate a bottle opener and you will sell a bazillion. So, where can I download the file so that I can make my own? Or is this an advertisement for your product?

UncleEd (author)2014-10-26

You already came though. Thanks!

I sent a note with links to your Instructables and your commercial offerings to my grandson's scoutmaster. Also ordered a set from your company and pledged for a pair on KickStarter.

UncleEd (author)2014-10-26

(I can't come up with a way to say this that doesn't make me sound um....)

When you get to the point of producing/selling/distributing these things, I hope you include a small sheet with pictures of how they're to be used. I could design the controls for the laser cutter to produce them, but if you had given me one yesterday, I would have thought it was a funny looking paperweight. I'm going to participate and get one from your KickStarter so maybe I'll learn something.

M3G (author)2014-10-25

Awesome! I love the addition of magnets!

seamster (author)2014-10-24

Your gear ties are impressive, and this version is a whole new level of cool. Nice work!

Mrballeng (author)seamster2014-10-25

Thank you so much! There is so much more that has and will go into this one.

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-24

Thank you for your nice instructable.


Mrballeng (author)SparkySolar2014-10-25


SparkySolar (author)Mrballeng2014-10-25

you are so welcome.please stop by my site as well

And please vote

PavelT1 (author)2014-10-24

Very handy, might make one if I find a laser cutter.

omnibot (author)PavelT12014-10-25

Shouldn't be to much trouble on a CNC-mill either.

Mrballeng (author)omnibot2014-10-25

I would love to get my hands on a CNC-mill!

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warehouse32 (author)2014-10-24

I loved it when it first came out, and this is even's like the instructable that keeps on giving!

kakashibatosi (author)2014-10-24

Great design, really good price point. I'm impressed. I don't personally have a present need for these, but I will keep them in mind because there will come a day when I go "oh yeah, a Fishbone! That would make this all easier." Best of luck on your venture :)

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