What are your must know knots?

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  1. CaptCrunch

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    Bowline,tautline,clovehitch,squareknot.
     
  2. batmanacw

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    I have had a little trouble with my bowline hitches. One of these is not like the other.

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    I know which one is right but I'm not sure it matters. Does it?
     
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  4. batmanacw

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    It turns out the bowline with the tail outside is the cowboy bowline or left hand bowline.
     
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    I have the Knots 3D app for my iPhone and it is really awesome. I got it for free during a special but I think it is really cheap. It has 127 knots all organized by category and I use it regularly when I am out just to try new knots.
     
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  6. batmanacw

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    This is the app I have. I paid $1.
     
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    Well, half hitches, clove hitch, some of the bowline variants (water bowline, double bowline, bowline on a bight), sheet bend, figure eight knot and loop (two separate), uni-knot system (fishing).
     
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    Great app. I got that one for free years ago when I was a Scout leader. What I like most about it is that you can rotate the knot to see it from different angles.
     
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    The Kalmyk loop is a great fixed loop like a bowline but slippery and quicker to tie.
     
  10. arleigh

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    I sometimes do a bowline with a back door ,it saves time when breaking down loads .
     
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    Bowline.
    Truckers hitch.
    Tautline hitch.

    And the Bohemian Butt F*** Knot! (I'm an expert at this one!)
     
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    I learned my knots so long ago that now they're all the same...the forget-me-knot! Looks like I'll have to get that Knots3D app. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
     
  13. batmanacw

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    Is it weird that I am practicing knots in the airport waiting on a delayed flight?
     
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    I stand corrected.
     
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    Square lashing... forgot about that one, because I don’t make tripods. But if you do — and there are good reasons to do so — you’re gonna want a square lashing.

    Properly frapped of course. :)
     
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    No, that’s model citizenry.
     
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    Fishing knots. Trilene, palomar and blood knot. The Trilene knot is for hooks or swivels using monofilament line. The Palomar has same use but for braided fishing line.
     
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    The best way I can it is to do a one handed bowline

     
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    i'm a little late to the party, but i'm still gonna put in my two cents!

    i try to maintain practice with the knots from both basic and intermediate bushclass, but some get more use then others.

    my preferred are:
    figure 8 (on a bight too)
    clove hitch
    taunt line hitch (always the first one for me to forget!)
    trucker hitch
    double half htich
    prussik
    slip knot
    and the canadian jam knot

    though i feel like 3-4 of these are my go-to at least 80% of the time!
     
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    It has other uses.
     
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    • Square
    • Overhand
    • Clove hitch
    • Round turn with 2 half hitches
    • Tautline hitch
    • Farimond hitch (I've replaced my tautline hitch applications with this one)
    • Truckers hitch
    • Sheet bend
    • Prussik
    • Canadian Jam knot
     
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    Siberian hitch to the left. Truckers hitch to the right.
     
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    Clove hitch
    Constrictor hitch
    Bowline
    Siberian hitch
    Taut-line hitch
    Square knot
    Cats paw

    Use to splice eyes into ropes years ago when I worked construction but now it's a forgotten skill.
     
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    Military Rappel seat is now finished off with overhand knots up against the square knot.
     
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    That Farimond hitch doesn't look like it's simpler to tie, but it looks much easier to tie and untie compared to the tautline hitch, especially when you have a long length of cord left over. Thanks for that link! I definitely want to try it out.
     
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    This is precisely why I prefer it to the tautline; no need to pull any extra cordage through (multiple times). Most of the time, I've anchored the opposite end to something, and I'm tying the adjustable knot (e.g., tautline, farimond) with whatever is left; depending on the distance, there is often quite a bit left, which then must be pulled through the tautline multiple times.

    Try it. I think you'll like it.
     
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    I prefer the adjustable hitch because you can tighten it with a loop to pull it out in a second.
     
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    • Bowline knot
    • Taut-line hitch
    • Prussick knot
    • Trucker's hitch
     
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    knotty nerd here...

    while many have multiple names, the ones I USE are pretty standard:

    square
    highwaymans
    bowline
    truckers
    prussick
    lazy diamond

    some cool ones are:
    sheepshank
    monkey fist
    Turks head
    Matt walker

    a few great book to own:
    encyclopedia of knots and fancy ropework
    the riggers apprentice

    splices are fun as well as braiding multi strands (64!!!)
     
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    Can you tell I have a kid.. Haha but really my most used knots are the tautline hitch, fisherman's, square, and, although I don't know if it has a purpose other than making a knife or tool lanyard, I use a snake knot
     
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    I have in certain circumstances use a truckers hitch like a "come-along" and taken it 3 levels .the price of the process was worth the investment in the rope spent binding things down.
    Something to remember using knots is that each bend IS WEAR.
     
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    good point^^^^

    truckers rope is a strong, cheap 3 twist nylon good for most everything. easy to splice and grips strong... but wear is huge.

    bit of caution.
    I once had a truckers hitch slip because there was not enough working end to properly double the pivot.
    I was in the truck pulling for all I had when it gave.
    over the side I went, flat on my back... on the concrete.

    folded my hand backwards trying to brace the fall...

    also had a friend lose a thumb due to rope.
    imagine tearing a plastic bag...

    they sell prosthetic thumbs in the back of cowboy magazines.
    not because it's fashionable...
     

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