8 Helpful Knots That Will Serve You Well From The Kitchen To A Zombie Attack

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How Are Knots Tied?

Earlier in this article we referred to the knot bible with over 2,000 illustrations of different knots that could be used for different purposes.  Our aim is however not to go into detailed discussions of each and every knot in the book and how it is tied.

The aim of this article is to be practical and focus on what you might need on a daily basis, so we have focused on some basic well-known knots:

1. The Bowline

bowline knot

Where would I use the bowline knot?

The bowline knot is most likely the first knot we all used as kids climbing trees. The safety of this knot is debatable as the one end could come loose easily. A bowline knot with two turns, is a good knot to make when tying a rope to a tree, a post or a ring. The double bowline knot is rated as safe and secure as the butterfly and figure-eight knot.

How do I tie a bowline knot?

Loop the rope twice around your hand or finger. Take the end of the rope and tie it to itself using a double overhand knot to secure the knot.

2. The Alpine Butterfly Knot

alpine butterfly knot

Where would the alpine butterfly knot be used?

This knot is used mostly by entertainment companies that supply tents to festivals and fairs.  This knot can handle pressure, hence the use of it with big tents.  It is a sturdy and secure knot to use.

Tying the alpine butterfly knot:

Take the rope and wrap it around your hand twice with the position of the rope near your fingertips, continue around your hand and complete the second turn close to your thumb.  Pick up the loop near your fingertips and wrap it around the two turns.  Slide the knot of your hand and tighten the knot by pulling on the loop and the ends.

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