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What is the best knot to connect two ropes together at the ends? Answered

What is the best knot to connect two separate ropes together at their ends?

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POTTS83
POTTS83

10 years ago

a bowline on each end one looped through the other. WILL NOT SLIP!

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aeray
aeray

Answer 11 years ago

Are you suggesting the double fishermans or the EDK? The first time I encountered the EDK (climbing with two Swedes, a German, and a Pole) it scared the sh** out of me. I've since used it a few times, but it still makes me nervous.

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paganwonder
paganwonder

Answer 11 years ago

The most useful aspect of the EDK is the removal from the gene pool of climbers fool enough to use it.

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Willard2.0
Willard2.0

Answer 11 years ago

I agree completely.

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Willard2.0
Willard2.0

Answer 11 years ago

I am suggesting the double/triple fisherman's bend not the EDK.  The EDK scares me too.  I am glad that you pointed that out.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 11 years ago

You didn't say you wanted it to stay tied for ever.   Next time give more detail on what you want and I"ll give you a better answer.

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Willard2.0
Willard2.0

Answer 11 years ago

No, they come undone very easily.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

11 years ago

It depends whether you want to untie it again.

If the ropes are the same diameter and you want to be able to untie it again, a reef knot (aka square knot) is reasonably good. It's easy to undo and really easy/quick to tie.

If you want it to be permanent, the double fisherman's know that Willard2.0 suggested is good.

If the ropes are of different diameters, a sheet bend is useful.

I use both of the first two, for climbing, depending on what I'm doing.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Answer 11 years ago

Oh and as angryredhead says, you can also use a figure of eight, and would you believe it, an overhand knot. We use just an overhand knot to join two ropes together when abseiling, it's secure enough and is unlikely to get caught on things where a bigger knot would.

What are you joining and why? That might narrow down your knot choices.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Figure 8 is just about THE strongest knot.

In the conditions where I have had a long ab on two ropes, I'd use the double fishermans though.

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Answer 11 years ago

The lady knows her knots...

(pause)

I'm just gonna say "Best Answer", and then stop typing.