One knot to bind them all.

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Apr 16, 2009
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.
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Bushcrafter through and through
Nov 29, 2003
Taut-line Hitch. 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.


Aug 30, 2006
Nr Chester
I tend to use 3 knots for 90% of what i do
Falconers hitch - for tying a loose line to something
truckers hitch - for tying a tight line (maybe the other end of the falconers line)
Taught line hitch (the guy line knot) - for adjustable tensioning
All are tied in a slippery way to be able to undo easily.
all can be tied in any thickness of line. I've tied them in fishing line up to 2.5 inch diameter poly rope.

i know a few others but they are for specific tasks
Same here although I recently changed out the Taught-line for a

The farrimond is much easier to pull-clean. Great knot once you get used to it.


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Jan 18, 2009
Mid Wales
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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Oct 30, 2003
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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May 17, 2011
i swear i have a mental block when it comes to knots
no matter how much i see/practice a knot its almost INSTANTLY gone out of my mind.
i can remember how to tie my shoelaces but not really bushcrafty

i use evenk knot,prussic knot, timber hitch and clove hitch as theyre basically all i can remember
Me too, I think bungees are the greatest invention


Jan 21, 2005
S. Lanarkshire
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 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


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Jan 18, 2009
Mid Wales
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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Sep 9, 2003
Yvelines, north-west of Paris, France.
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.


Jan 21, 2005
S. Lanarkshire
I have a copy of Ashley's.
It was a present :D (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.