TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY
Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.
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Alpine Butterfly Bend Alpine Butterfly Loop Anchor Hitch Ashley Stopper Knot Bowline Bowline on a Bight Bowline, Running Buntline Hitch Carrick Bend Chain Splice Cleat Hitch (Deck) Cleat Hitch (Halyard) Clove Hitch (Half Hitches) Constrictor (Twisting) Double O'hand Stopper Eye Splice Figure 8 Icicle Hitch (Loop) Halyard Hitch Lighterman's Hitch Pile Hitch Poacher's Knot Rat-Tail Stopper Rolling Hitch Round Turn & Hitches Sheet Bend Short Splice Trucker's Hitch Square (Reef) Zeppelin Bend
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Buntline Hitch TyingPass the tail around the pole. Make a complete turn around the standing end and then through the hole beside the pole. Form a Half Hitch to complete the knot.
Buntline Hitch Details
Uses: The Buntline Hitch (ABOK # 1847, p 310) was originally employed to secure the buntlines to the foot of the square sails. Repeated shaking and jerking by a flapping sail tended to tighten this knot - hence its value.
Structure When complete, the finished knot is a clove hitch around the standing end but the clove hitch is inverted when compared to the clove hitch in a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches. However, while it is being tied the first part of the knot should not be called a Half Hitch. Up to frame 5 in the animation the rope merely wraps around the standing end.
Other Uses: Although it is not obvious, the same knot is widely used for neckties, where it is known as the Four-in-Hand Knot. The difference is merely in the material used and in the alignment of the final part of the knot so that the two ends emerge parallel.
Advantages: It is more secure than two Half Hitches and very resistant to shaking loose.
Disadvantages: This knot cannot be tied under a load and, after being heavily loaded, it is more liable to jam and be awkward to release than two Half Hitches.
Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.