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One knot to bind them all.

Discussion in 'Bushcraft and survival skills' started by Wayne, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Stew

    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    [Scrub this - I think I misremembered! ]

     
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  3. Stew

    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    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.
     
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  5. Stew

    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    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.
     
  6. bobnewboy

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    Bowyer’s knot, double surgeon knot, and double fisherman’s knots for me. Overhand etc knots as well when required.
     
  7. dwardo

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    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.
     
  8. Broch

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    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.
     
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    Figure 8 for loops
    Round turn and 2 half hitches
    Zeplin bend, great for tying 2 lines together including bungy cord
     
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    Me too, I think bungees are the greatest invention
     
  11. MrEd

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    For me figure of 8 knot, and the good old overhand knot, larks foot and Prussic loops.
     
  12. Toddy

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    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 :rolleyes: 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 :D
     
  13. Stew

    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    A smart idea! :D
     
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    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 :)
     
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    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    I've just picked up another good book as well Andy...
     
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    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.
     
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    Get thee behind me … :)
     
  18. Toddy

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    I have a copy of Ashley's.
    It was a present :D
    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.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Handbook-K...ZR1KENWXET2&psc=1&refRID=5D33F06XBZR1KENWXET2

    I've put this one on my Christmas list though :)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pawsons-Kn...N2WYTN2P8TR&psc=1&refRID=8D3K4T1DCN2WYTN2P8TR

    Geoffrey Budworth is an other favourite,
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-B...BKRPWXBEMA2&psc=1&refRID=MBAGGW1PXBKRPWXBEMA2

    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.
    https://www.gloostonlogs.uk/ropework.html
    M
     
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    Will have to try that one thanks.
    It looks like it could work well.
     

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