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Discussion in 'Bushcraft and survival skills' started by Wayne, Sep 12, 2019.
[Scrub this - I think I misremembered! ]
The Evenk Hitch.
Not that one.
It's the taut tarp hitch.
Looking at Paul Kirtleys video, I’ve been using that knot for years. All I do different is lock the slippery hitch with a half hitch using the bight. The Evenk is useful, but I always forget how to do it when setting up. There’s also a power cinch knot, but I prefer round the tree and back to a prussic loop.
Personally I don't think the evenk is all that but if it works for folk. It's a quick slippery knot for tying off. I'm old school and would go for a round turn and two half hitches or clove hitch in that situation. Would also likely go for a highway and hitch before he evenk - just old habits.
The most recent knot I learned that is in frequent use (10 years ago or more!) is a fast variant on the trucker hitch that Mors K demonstrated. Great for tensioning.
Bowyer’s knot, double surgeon knot, and double fisherman’s knots for me. Overhand etc knots as well when required.
Same here although I recently changed out the Taught-line for a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrimond_friction_hitch
The farrimond is much easier to pull-clean. Great knot once you get used to it.
I use a number of knots (probably a dozen) but don't try to remember too many.
The one knot that I seem to use more frequently than others is the round turn and two half hitches on the bight.
Figure 8 for loops
Round turn and 2 half hitches
Zeplin bend, great for tying 2 lines together including bungy cord
Me too, I think bungees are the greatest invention
For me figure of 8 knot, and the good old overhand knot, larks foot and Prussic loops.
I've been playing around with this, but I think it needs the collective knot heads to really make it work.
Y'know how the carvers have the Mors Trystick thing ? The stick where they make every kind of cut a bushcrafter is ever likely to use ?
We've all seen, or made, those paracord knotted bracelet things....how about we design one that uses multiple knots, like those mentioned in the thread.
Start with a bight, or maybe splice a really small ring ? and into that a couple of larks heads....there's four strands to work with right from the off or round turn and two half hitches for two strands....or well, what would you suggest ? Work along the length making the different knots that we know/use/forget like Sam does, and maybe finish it up with one of Tony's (Asmery) button knots to fit into the loop.
I'm making a knotted owl, sort of macrame style, not a big one, just a footery wee one, just now. Using sisal twine which looks good but is proving to be a right royal pain to use. It's uneven, it's hairy, it's sort of camouflage coloured, it fankles, so my frustration's getting the better of me as I try to keep my knots neat and even.
It occured to me that home made cordage and a knotwork wristband would be a decent bushcraft practice piece too
A smart idea!
When you get going though there are so many knots, bends and hitches. I'm just reading Hervey Garrett Smith's 'The Art of the Sailor' (I blame Wayland) - so, on top of knots there is splicing, whippings, seizings, netting, matting ….. not to mention the decorative knots
I've just picked up another good book as well Andy...
There isn't one all-purpose knot that will do everything.
I need one that makes a loop that will tighten as the standing part is pulled, one that won't do that, and a couple of others for odds and sods.
Most of the time, I can get away with three:
Round turn and two half hitches, bowline and clove hitch, all three learnt from my grandmother.
For years, I thought that the last of these was the "clothes hitch", because she used it at one end of the clothes line.
After that, I think that a figure eight knot and a reef knot are most useful. Unless I need to weight a heaving line, then I'll want to tie a monkey's fist. I learnt that one from watching Jack Hargreaves on TV.
Get thee behind me …
Oh, only one copy left in stock...
I have a copy of Ashley's.
It was a present
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ashley-Book-Knots-Clifford-W/dp/057109659X (mine's an older issue though)
I also have one by Des Pawson, and I've been on one of his courses and I can thoroughly recommend him and his work. Just excellent fun to listen to and learn from as well.
I've put this one on my Christmas list though
Geoffrey Budworth is an other favourite,
John Kemp made me tiny little earrings, the same way he makes the spliced stainless steel bangles. I make miniatures and I really admire fine work, but I wouldn't know where to start with these.
Will have to try that one thanks.
It looks like it could work well.