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Offline 101mph

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Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:25:08 PM »
Just thought I'd start a discussion about rope knots and the applications their used for.

What type of knot do you like to use and when do you use it?

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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 09:25:41 PM »
Square, and bowline are the two most commonly used.  Square for connecting to lines, bowline for making loops.

Zepplin bend for ropes with severe loads

Sheet bend for passing dissimilar sizes

Butterfly (name may be incorrect) I use this one all the time in place of an over hand to put a bight in a line, comes apart real easy, like a modified clove hitch that tightens on itself.  You can really horse down on it and still break it when you need to.

timber hitch is my climbers favorite, uses it to pull the tops of trees, quick to tie and easy to do one handed, not meant to be used for climbing though.

Larks head, for tying me to anything...

Cats Paw, I haven't used this in years, used to be used on the old fiber flip lines in the days before the cam thingy...  I remember it being more then a little scary to adjust while in a tree...

Clove hitch, use it all the time for passing tools etc up to the climber

double half hitch, also for passing tools.

Every once in a great while I'll bust out the bowsons chair, more for giggles than anything, modern climbing harnesses are a huge improvement over this...
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 09:52:55 PM »
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 11:19:16 PM »
Every once in a great while I'll bust out the bowsons chair, more for giggles than anything, modern climbing harnesses are a huge improvement over this...

And a tad bit more comfortable on certain body parts.  :D :D :D
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2014, 01:47:38 AM »
Seems like I use the truckers knot for cinching down on a load, the sheet bend to connect to ropes and the timber hitch to do just what thenorthman does too.  But the cats paw for the flip line, I'd like to see it.  My kid knows the butterfly to get the loop in the middle of the rope but I need work on that one too.

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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2014, 05:30:58 AM »
And for those that don't know how to tie knots... tie lots !
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2014, 07:52:09 AM »
Knots fascinate me. There is enough knowledge on the subject that a person can study them for a lifetime, and still not know all of them.
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2014, 08:00:10 AM »
There is a very good app for smart phones called Knots 3D that lists just about every knot known and shows a very good illustration on how to tie the knots. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2014, 08:58:20 AM »
Square, bowline, clove hitch and gofer for most of my needs
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2014, 07:18:46 PM »
clove hitch
bowline
timber hitch
sheet bend
blake's hitch
figure eight and all of its variations
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2014, 10:18:19 PM »
I don't know the names of them but start out,

the first knot will never come un-tied :(

the second knot is great holds and will not pull apart until you climb down out of the way and get on the machine, then it self un-ties and falls out on it's own. >:(

the 3rd knot is never tied as you drop the rope half way back up in the tree and have to climb down to get it. >:(

the 4th knot will work great from the point tied it is similar to the 1st knot but you now have the pocket knife handy to make removal easier :D nd that my friends is about my experience tieing knots.   I have used the #2 knot most often even once on the anchor of the boat  :-[ ::)   Then that time the boat was tied to the dock while the trailer was retrieved.   Luckily someone trolled me out to get it lol... :snowball: :snowball: :(

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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2014, 07:17:26 AM »
When working on the tree crew the one knot that was most important was the whyknot. Whyknot take lunch now. Whyknot stop and get a pizza. We should take Friday off whyknot. :D
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2014, 10:24:43 PM »
Most all of my knot needs center around the bowline, trucker/linesman hitch, clove hitch, and square.
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2014, 07:19:07 PM »
Maybe all you bowline users include the running bowline as well?  In my opinion, the best knot there is and can be used for many applications.  Bowline, bowline on a bight and running bowline are all hard to beat knots.
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2014, 12:41:39 AM »
Don't forget the dragon bowline...
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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2014, 08:43:58 AM »
or the swinging bowline, rolling bowline, twirling bowline, or the not so popular bowline on a stump.  ;)
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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2014, 05:11:51 PM »
Maybe all you bowline users include the running bowline as well?  In my opinion, the best knot there is and can be used for many applications.

A running bowline is just a regular bowline where you take the other end of the rope and pass it through the fixed loop of the bowline to make a choker, right?
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2014, 05:32:08 PM »
Maybe all you bowline users include the running bowline as well?  In my opinion, the best knot there is and can be used for many applications.

A running bowline is just a regular bowline where you take the other end of the rope and pass it through the fixed loop of the bowline to make a choker, right?
ha ha ha no that is not correct. they are just yanking your rope now.

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Re: Rope knots - what do you guys like to use?
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2014, 05:39:17 PM »
As a former Boy Scout (1966 Delmont Scout Reservation Knot Tying Champ) , Scout leader and 25 years in the Navy & Navy Reserve  I'll just say is there is a knot for just about every purpose.   You just need to use the right knot for each purpose.    And if you don't know it, a good or even a bad or wrong knot used properly can hold or lift almost always.   However, the correct knot used in the correct situation will also untie easily.
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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2014, 06:33:03 PM »
Maybe all you bowline users include the running bowline as well?  In my opinion, the best knot there is and can be used for many applications.

A running bowline is just a regular bowline where you take the other end of the rope and pass it through the fixed loop of the bowline to make a choker, right?

What I thought too, was a running bowline. Not sure why this guy makes it look so difficult to tie. 
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