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New Animation Feature: Requested by several visitors, we have added a "Loop" Button on the animations. This button toggles the looping feature on and off. It allows the animation to be shown continuously while a particular knot is being studied.


Global Search: In response to many requests, we have added a Search Field on the left. Google provides the results for your search. Try looking for a knot ("bowline"), a type of knot ("hitch") or a topic ("scouting requirements").


Updated: Our Apps have now all been updated to Version 4.0 and include: The Midshipman's Hitch, The Quick Trucker's Knot, The Heaving Line Knot, The Davy Knots, The Stevedore Stopper Knot, The Siberian (Evenk) Hitch, and Soft Shackles.


Arborist Section: After years of requests from Arborists and other Tree-Climbers, we are pleased to introduce our new Arborist Knots Section – devoted to the essential tree-climbing knots.

Napkins Site

Associated Napkins Website: Also please enjoy our new sister website Animated Napkins by Grog, which uses our successful animation technique. For the perfect wedding, a formal dinner, or a casual lunch, fold napkins with ease.


Safety: Handling rope can be dangerous. Wrongly handled or tied, rope can kill, maim, or burn – maybe you!  Handle rope with care, inspect and test any knot you tie. Respect heavily loaded ropes, e.g., a rope controlling a large sail, a mooring rope when you are docking or berthing, and especially your own climbing rope.

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Control: Beware using your bare hands. Control rope by taking two or more turns round a winch, cleat, or post. Use appropriate equipment for fishing line. The danger associated with heavily loaded lines is too often learned by experience – often very painful and occasionally lethal.

Breaking Rope

Knots Weaken Rope: Angles, kinks, and knots, stress the fibers unevenly and weaken rope. If this concerns you, use stronger rope. Some knots in some ropes have been claimed to only weaken a rope to about 80% of its rated strength; other knots can weaken some rope to as little as 40%. For safety, therefore, assume that even brand new rope will perform at no more than 50% of its rated breaking strength. And, if the rope is old, worn, or damaged by sunlight or chemicals - expect considerably less. For some useful test results visit Tom Moyer's website for: High Strength Cord Testing, Euro Death-Knot Testing, and Rope Gear and Testing.

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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.

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