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Honda/Lariat Knot, Animated Knots
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Honda/Lariat Knot Tying

Tie an Overhand Knot in the end and then tie another Overhand Knot. Form a ring by passing the end through the second Overhand and tighten to make the Honda Knot. Then, pull a bight of the rope through the ring to form the Lariat.

Honda/Lariat Knot Details

Origin: The Honda and Lariat were described by Ashley several times (ABOK #227, p 43, #1024, p 187, and #1127, p 205). He surmises that "aborigines" used the knot on several contintents and goes on to say that Mexican and American cowboys have adopted it for their lariats and call it the Honda Knot.

Tying it: For the Animation relatively flexible rope was used and it was convenient to invert the ring and pull a bight through to complete the Lariat. In practice a more rigid rope is employed to keep the Honda ring open and sliding easily. Then the long end is just pulled through the ring to create the Lariat.

Lasso:. A Lasso is called variously a lariat, riata, or reata (all from Castilian: la reata ‐ re-tied rope). It is designed as a restraint to be thrown around a target and tightened when pulled. Cowboys usually just call it a "rope", and refer to "roping". To most cowboys the term "lasso" identifies the speaker as a layman.

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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