Double sheet bend knot

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  1. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    I am trying to connect the inner strands of a length of paracord in order to make a single strand length. I am using the double sheet bend knot.

    However, each time the tension is gone, the knots unravel. These inner strands are very slippery!

    Is there a trick to it, am I doing it wrong?

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    field-expedient Misfit Supporter Bushclass II

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    I have had similar trouble with 550 guts, I would try a double fisherman's knot. sometimes just tying the ends into an overhand knot, or figure eight works too.
     
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    Re routed figure 8? Might work for you
     
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    Sheet bend (and the double variant) is for cords of differing diameter. That's part of the problem. I'll echo the suggestion for the double (or triple, even) fisherman's knot.
     
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    Plus it's designed like the bowline to be relatively loose and easy and easy to untie when NOT under strain, use a reef knot aka square knot instead.
     
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    No offense, but I wouldn’t trust a square knot for any situation where it is sometimes under a load and sometimes not. I bet it would be almost as bad as the double sheet bend about working loose when not loaded. Maybe a surgeon’s knot though... a square knot with an extra half hitch in the first “layer”.

    My pick would be a double fisherman’s knot, as suggested above.

    (I, however, am not a Sea Captain. Maybe you know more about this than I. :) )
     
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    Your correct on larger diameter rope where safety is an issue but I believe the OP was talking about 2 inner strands of para cord. Personally I fully trust a square knot in my shoelaces.;)
     
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    Greetings,

    Thank you everyone for your replies and offered alternative knots. I will try them and take it from there. My goal is an experiment on the suitability of paracord inner strands for fishing line material. I figured, instead of cutting a large section of paracord for a single strand use, I can cut a smaller section and combine the individual strands into a single one.

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    I think this is called a blood knot. It's used to join dissimilar hanks together...... 20181030_115346.jpg 20181030_115422.jpg 20181030_115607.jpg 20181030_115728.jpg 20181030_115822.jpg 20181030_115917.jpg 20181030_115942.jpg
     
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    Well yeah, but that’s a double slippery square knot. ;)

    And, the double slippery square knot we use to tie our shoes is always under a (very modest) load.

    Not trying to start any kind of argument... just enjoying being a knot knerd.. :)
     
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    Let us know how that turns out!

    I use a lanyard on my SAK with four feet of paracord and keep a straightened fish hook with an appropriately large eye under the parcel hook (which can be bent back into shape with the wire stripping notch on the cap lifter). Four feet times seven strands is 28 feet... plenty for fishing. And I’ve made primitive and hobo-style fishing rigs. But I’ve never physically put it all together to make a line from the paracord guts, make a rod or hobo reel with my SAK, reshape the hook, and try to catch a fish.

    Still thinking double fisherman’s knot is the way to go. Or blood knot... very similar.
     
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    Knot Knerds... maybe that would be a good addition to Social Groups in the forums.
     
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