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Tying knots is one of those skills you take for granted until you’re in a “situation”. Whether for survivalism or simple everyday convenience, learning how to tie useful knots is a skill everyone should master. This is especially applicable for hunters, backpackers, rock climbers, or anyone who enjoys the liberating expanse of the wild.
Different knots are best suited to different applications and knowing which knot to select is as valuable a skill as being able to tie them. This could potentially be critical, in fact, as in some situations correct knots could be vital for survival. A tutorial by the Outdoor Boys shows you how to tie 8 knots that will suit most of your needs:
1. Chain Sinnet (AKA Daisy Chain or Monkey Chain): This is basically a series of loops or bights that shorten your rope—making storage easier. It allows you to keep things tidy and secure in no time. And untying is as easy as pulling one end.
2. Farrimond Friction Hitch: Looking for a convenient and quick way to tighten a tent ridgeline? Try the Farrimond Friction Hitch, which is similar to a Prusik knot—but with an extra wrap.
3. Trucker’s Hitch: The knot is quite strong and great for boating, sailing, camping, and strapping down heavy objects. This makes it an ideal option to secure objects on a vehicle, creating clotheslines, or tying down sails or tents.
4. Constrictor Knot (Gunner’s Knot): This is the go-to knot for whipping and binding purposes. It is not prone to slips and it tightens readily—making it applicable in surgical procedures.
5. Cow Hitch: The cow hitch is similar to the popular Clove hitch—only that the second half hitch is reversed to reduce the risk of binding. You can use it to secure a lanyard to a rope, secure cows, or protect bowstrings.
6. Half hitch: The half hitch is often used to increase the security of a primary knot – i.e., it plays a supporting role.
7. Fisherman’s Bend: Simple, unlikely to slip under strain, strong, and easy to untie—the Fisherman’s bend is awesome for a number of reasons. It’s typically used to attach a rope to an anchor, hook, or ring.
8. Water Knot (Tape Know, Grass Knot, or Overhand Follow-Through): This is often used in climbing since it can withstand a ton of pressure, it’s easy to tie, and it is effective at joining two lines.
Here’s the video for a hands-on tutorial on how to tie all these essential knots.
8 Knots You Need To Know – How To Tie Knots That You Will Actually Use – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yfFo0-1u1M
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