One of the skills that any survivor should master is making a perfect knot!
A perfect knot will serve you a lot in your survival journey either to tight objects you might need to use, secure yourself when you are dealing with heights or to rescue someone with you, etc…
Here are 9 of the most basic knots you must learn:
This is the most classic and basic knot that everybody knows, and it’s petty easy to make.
This knot is usually used to create a longer rope out of two shorts ropes. Also it can be used to tie a bundle of objects (woods) together.
You can tie the perfect square knot by lapping right part on left part, and then tying again in the reverse direction left over right.
2- Figure 8 Knot
It’s obvious why this knot has been called a “figure 8”, it looks exactly like an “8”. This knot is used as a stopper knot at the end of a rope.
To create this simple knot pass the free end of a rope over itself to form a loop. Continue under and around the rope’s end, and finish the knot by passing the free end down through the loop.
3- Bowline Knot
The bowline knot simply creates a loop at the end of a rope. This knot is usually explained and taught as a rabbit getting out of a hole going around a tree in front of the hole, and then getting back to the same hole it came out of.
So all you need to do is to form a simple loop on top of the long end of the rope. Pass the free end of the rope through the loop and around behind the rope.
Bring the free end down in the original loop, while maintaining the
secondary loop which becomes your bowline loop.
4. Sheet Bend Knot
This knot is used to tie 2 different ropes together. Its a bit similar to the square knot.
This knot is so strong and can be used with any kinds of ropes and wires. What you need to do is bend the thicker or more slippery rope into the shape of a fish hook.
You then pass the other rope through the fish hook from behind, wrap around the entire fishhook once and then tuck the smaller line under itself.
5- Carrick Bend Knot
Pull the long rope up and the Bowline is tightened.
This is also known as “Sailor’s Knot” and it’s similar to the previous knot we explained. Mostly the knot is used in attaching two heavy lines.
With one rope form a loop with the free end. Pass the other rope under the first loop and then over and then under as shown in the picture above.
Pass the end of the second rope across the loop passing under itself. Then pull both standing ends to make the knot tight.
6- Clove Hitch Knot
The Clove Hitch is very easy to tie, and it secures a rope to a tree or post, but it needs another securing knot, unless it will slip!
To create a Clove Hitch, make a loop of rope around the post. Then make another loop and pass the free end of the rope under the second loop before tightening.
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