Introduction: Quick Skills #6: How to Tie the Marlinspike Hitch
Hi Instructables Community,
this week I present you a new part of the Quick skills series. This time I would like to show you the Marlinspike Hitch. This Instructable is kept rather short on purpose as I would like to build on this one with upcoming Instructables (e.g. how to use this knot to improvise a rope ladder and others).
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Step 1: Knot Info
|Alternative names:||Marlingspike Hitch, Marlinespike Hitch, Boat Knot|
|Main Purpose:||This hitch is used mainly to temporarily attach a rod (or Marlinspike) or other grip to a rope to form a handle. With this handle it is easier to apply tension when tightening knots than without a handle.|
|Strengths:||Simple and quickly to tie.|
|Weaknesses:||It is a temporary hitch and is not stable unless it is loaded.|
The hitch will capsize and jam when loading the working end instead of the standing part. When capsized it will form a noose knot.
|Remarks:||It is also possible to quickly improvise a rope ladder with this hitch which will be the subject of an upcoming Instructable.|
Step 2: First Steps
In this example the standing end is at the top whilst the working end is pointing down.
- Place the rope over your intended handle.
- Create a loop as shown in the picture.
Step 3: Bight & Loop
- With the standing end form a bight and
- Tuck it through the loop.
- This forms another loop which is tightened around the handle.
Step 4: Tighten & Check
Tighten the knot and the result should look like the pictures above. The third picture shows a bottom view.
Note that when pulling on the rope from the working end the hitch will capsize and form a noose knot. It will very likely jam when heavy tension is applied.
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