Introduction: Quick Skills #2: 5 Simple Knots for Survival Part 2
Hi Instructables Community,
first of all thanks to all of you who have read, liked and commented on my first Quick Skills Instructable from last week. Another big thank you to all of you have spotted mistakes in the first part and made suggestions for the second part. I have taken additional care with this project and hope that the knots are all correctly tied & described. If you find mistakes or have suggestions for part 3 feel free to post them in the comments
Take care, stay safe
Step 1: Bowline
The bowline is a relatively secure knot that creates a fixed loop in the end of a rope.
This knot is simple to tie, it does not slip or bind when under load. It can be tied with a single hand and untied when no load (tension) is applied to the rope. It is also possible to link two bowlines to join two ropes.
When not under load the bowline knot can shake loose which is why the bowline should be used with a safety knot such as a double overhand knot for critical uses.
Step 2: Ashley Bend
This knot is used to join two ropes of roughly the same size together.
It is reliable and relatively easy to tie employing two interlocking overhand knots.
When under a heavy load it tends to jam.
Can not be untied when under load.
Step 3: Alpine Butterfly Loop
Lineman's Loop, Butterfly Loop
Can be used anytime a secure loop in the middle of a rope is required.
Relatively stable and easy to undo after a heavy load.
Like any other knot it reduces the strength of the rope it is used with.
Step 4: Double Overhand Stopper Knot
Reliable and moderately large stopper knot. This knot provides the basis for other knots such as the double Fisherman's Knot. Used to prevent slipping ropes.
It can also be used with another knot (e.g. the bowline knot) to improve its security.
Simple to tie and relatively secure.
Can be difficult to untie after being tightened.
Reducing the strength of rope at the location of the knot.
Step 5: Gnat Hitch
Not described by Ashley
This knot is used to connect a rope to an object such as a stick. I found the reference to it here on Animated Knots by Grog and if you are interested in knots you should definetaly pay his page a visit.
|Strengths:||It is simple, secure and resists jamming.|
|Weaknesses:||Risk of jamming increases with higher strain and smaller diameter objects.|
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