Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Running Bowline

The Running Bowline is a bowline made around a line or rope so it can  slide easily. It is a very safe knot and easy to undo.

The knot is made directly around the line, so the usual (tedious!)  "making an eye on one end and pulling the rest of the rope through" procedure is not necessary.

It is not the classical knot for lassos/lariats (yes, there is a knot specially for lariats/lassos and is called the  "honda knot") but I really like it for that purpose because I can turn any coiled up rope into an instant lasso.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rope Shortening Knots

Rope shortening knots are great when you have to shorten a rope without cutting it. The most famous is the Sheepshank Knot.

Less known is the pragmatically called "Rope Shortening Knot" exclusively taught in Danish Maritime Academies (because we were,are and will forever be the best in this business) .

This knot is to be preferred over the Sheepshank because it is

a) easier to make, also in thicker ropes or webbing

b) puts lets stress on the line or rope and therefor: SAFER

Monday, June 13, 2016

Follow Through Knots

If you only can remember one knot: Let it be this one!

If you are able to make a Overhand Knot, and everybody is, you can make a Follow Through Knot by simply "tracing" the knot with another rope.

You can use it to connect two lines or to make an eye at the end of a line.

It is perfect for cheap, slick ropes made out of polypropylene and for WEBBING. 

And yes, the Follow Through Knot IS a climbing knot.

Start with an overhand knot.
Now let another line follow the "path" of the Overhand Knot starting at the SHORT end.
There is nothing to it really....

Done! As mentioned above: This knot comes very handy when you need to connect lower quality ropes...which will probably will be the best you can put your hands on when SHTF.
It also works with a Figure Eight Knot (which is actually the Follow Through Knot used by climbers)
First make a Figure Eight Knot.


As with the Follow Through for Overhand  Knots you just have to follow the knots "path" starting from the short end until  you  come out on the other side!