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  • Quick Skills #1: 5 Simple Knots for Survival

    * If you are teaching the fig-8 as a stopper knot, then you should advise to leave more tail so it is less likely to come untied. Or, teach a double overhand. Stonger and definitely wont untie on its own.* If you're teaching the fig-8, why not teach the fig-8 on a bite as step two, rather than an overhand on a bite? It is stronger and wont bind as easily. As I've taught many people over the years: "If you can tie an overhand knot, you can tie the various fig-8 knots."* I would suggest adding alternative names the knots my go by. For instance, the Reef knot is also widely known as the square knot. Your audience may know them via other names, but wont recognize them due to not being very familiar with knots in the first place. They may think "ok, dont use the reet knot. I ...see more »* If you are teaching the fig-8 as a stopper knot, then you should advise to leave more tail so it is less likely to come untied. Or, teach a double overhand. Stonger and definitely wont untie on its own.* If you're teaching the fig-8, why not teach the fig-8 on a bite as step two, rather than an overhand on a bite? It is stronger and wont bind as easily. As I've taught many people over the years: "If you can tie an overhand knot, you can tie the various fig-8 knots."* I would suggest adding alternative names the knots my go by. For instance, the Reef knot is also widely known as the square knot. Your audience may know them via other names, but wont recognize them due to not being very familiar with knots in the first place. They may think "ok, dont use the reet knot. I shall continue to use the square knot". Yes, that means you will need to do a bit of research to look up the more common names for these knots, but it will help your audience over all.* Sheet bend is only dependable if the line remains under tension. For applications where the tension comes and goes, it is important to remind users to recheck the knot. A double sheet bend if the ropes are significantly different in diameter. If the rope on the right is too small, it will still slide through.* "Do not use it to secure climbing ropes or in any other safety relevant situation." In the manner you show it being tied, I would agree. However, the clove hitch is used in rock climbing applications all the time with an alternative tie method. It is used to secure a climber to a belay station on a very regular basis. The knot is adjustable and remains secure. To make the way you've tied it more secure: more tail end, and adding a stopper knot so it doesn't slide through.

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