Hi Instructables Community,
since this is my last Instructable for 2015 I thought it was nice timing to release my new series "Quick Skills". The main focus of this series will be to teach skills for survival, prepping and general outdoor situations in a compact format and to motivate viewers to try for themselves. Similar to the Mini Projects series the idea is to motivate people to do something useful if they have a few minutes of time to spare.
I chose five of the easiest knots that can be used for a wide range of applications. Since there are many more useful knots I decided to split this subject into multiple Instructables.
Take care, stay safe and last but not least:
Happy new Year 2016
Figure-of-eight knot, Savoy Knot, Flemish Knot, Double Stopper
The Figure 8 is used as a stopper knot to prevent ropes & lines from slipping/sliding from retaining devices.
Apart from its simplicity this knots main advantage is that it doesn't bind even when jammed tightly.
Its main strength is also its main weakness as it may become undone and has to be retied. To reduce the risk you should ensure that the free end is 3-4 rope diameters standing out.
If safety is a factor such as in climbing you should use the "Double Overhand" knot (which is presented in Pt.2)