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Picture of How To Tie A Sheep Shank Knot
This knot is often used for stopping a rope from snapping when there is a fray. This knot only stays when the rope is being pulled from either side.
 
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Step 1:

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First off, make a 'S' with the rope making sure that there is rope left over on either side of the 'S'.

Step 3:

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Put the curves in the 'S' through the loops and pull the both sides of the rope tight.

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You have now completed the sheep shank.
Cliff7605 months ago
The sheep shank is a great knot if you don't want to cut your rope, if done properly, I recommend using a second half hitch on each end but in the opposite direction of the first . This makes a clove hitch which makes the knot safer. The knot will stay tighter if tension is released , it may still come undone but it's not as likely
pwl11141 year ago
the example is fine. the knot itself, if you can call it a knot, sucks. never use it. if you need to shorten a rope or exempt a bad section of rope, there are other knots to use.
eyesee1 year ago
What is the role
Henge1 year ago
WARNING: This is a dangerous knot that is known to fail under pressure. It's recommended never to use this knot in a situation that personal injury can occur in the event of it's failure. Many campaigns exsist to eliminate this knot from the scouting repetoir. sorry.
The sheep shank will stay tied as long as there is pressure on the knot.

The problem is if at any point the tension is relaxed the knot will unravel.

Henge Henge1 year ago
I like your instructable, though. Well done.
I'll comment! Nice easy explanation :P

I learned the sheepshank by making three loops and laying them over each other and them pulling the centers out! Your way is easier to explain!
duckman200 (author) 1 year ago
can someone please leave a comment. I want feedback