Quick Release Index
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Instructions: Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself.
Index of Quick-Release Knots
This page provides an Index of Quick-Release Knots. Each photo is a link to the Interactive Step by Step Animation. The picture shows all the knots as a reference.
Welcome to Grog's Quick-Release Knots
This page shows a selection of the commonly used Quick-Release Knots. The ability of these knots to grip securely is heavily dependent on the rope. When rope was mostly tarred hemp, they all gripped. Those days are over, and many of these knots may fail with modern slippery ropes such as Spectra®, and Dyneema® (HMPE). If you are depending on one of these knots, check the rope and the knot carefully.
Two Different Types
There is an important difference depending on whether The End or A Bight passs over the bar or through the ring. When the knot involves a bight and is correctly tied, pulling the end releases the hitch completely, e.g., The Highwayman's Hitch, The Ring Hitch, The Tumble Hitch. When the end has been passed, then pulling it may undo the knot, but the rope remains wrapped over the bar or through the ring.
When a Quick-Release knot is used to secure a horse, it may be wise to lock the knot by threading the end through the final loop: some horses are inquisitive and persistent and may release even a well-tied quick-release knot.
Make a selection from the images above or go to the Options Page.
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.