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Tying the Crown Knot (Interactive Animation)
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Crown Knot Tying AnimationSpread out the strands. Choose one strand and, continuing around in the direction of the rope's twist, lay it across its neighbor. Repeat with that strand. Repeat with the remaining strand tucking it under the first. Tighen it to form the first part of a Back Splice.
Crown Knot Details
Uses: The Crown (ABOK # 670, p 116.) is the critical first part of a Back Splice. When the end of a three-stranded rope starts to fray, a crown should be tied immediately with a back splice to follow. This protects the rope until the back splice can be replaced with a whipping.
Relationship to the Wall: The Wall and the Crown are very closely related. They are different because they are tied with respect to the rope. The crown directs the strands back down the rope, and the wall directs the strands away from the rope. They are in fact identical. If the strands had emerged from a central button - with no rope to determine the "direction", there would be no way to distinguish a Wall from a Crown.
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