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Welcome: This website originated in 2002 and rapidly became the Internet's most trustworthy, authoritative, and compehensive knot-tying website – relied on by Scouts, Fishermen, Climbers, Boaters, and many others. Frequent requests and suggestions led to today's 21 categories and now 189 full animations. With the additional pictures shown on the pages there are now well over 200 knots illustrated. We are deeply indebted to our many contributors and advisors and, as always, suggestions and comments are welcomed.


Website Update: On Valentine's Day, February 14th 2018, the following Knots were added making version 8.0: The Adjustable Grip Hitch, Otto's Button Sling, The Bottle Hitch, The Double Dragon Loop, The Double Turle, a Secure Shoelace Bow using Surgeon's Knots, and The Whoopie Sling. On June 10th 2018, several minor changes were made to the knot tying animations making version 8.1: the various control icons are now located either above or below the animation. On August 8th 2018 some new images were added to the Prusik Knot page making Version 8.2.


Apps Updated: All of our Apps are now updated to Version 6 or 7, both of which include the knots added after version 5: Farrimond, Boom Hitch, Stronger Soft Shackle, Four Strand Braids, and French Sinnets. Updates are free provided you use the same account or have the original instructions. Visit our Shop for details about our Apps for iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones, and Windows and Mac computers. The Apps are in the process of being updated to Version 8.


Safety: For useful information about precautions and knots visit our Safety Page and our page describing Essential Knots for different situations such as Climbing, Boating, Scouting, Fishing, Search and Rescue, and Knots used in Surgery


Resources: Read about Choosing Rope and about the properties of Rope and Rope Fibers. We use The Ashley Book of Knots as our authority whenever possible. However, Bushby's eight manuscripts, are now available on line.


About Animated Knots: Please visit our About page, the Grog Story with details about Admiral Vernon ("Old Grog"), our collection of Press Reviews and some Testimonials both as a selection and as a complete list.


Napkins Website: Enjoy our Animated Napkins Website the perfect source for a Rich Variety of Napkin Folds for every occasion.

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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