NIC Instruments Hook & Line Knots
Knots have been in use for thousands of years. There is pictorial evidence of cords and knots from many of the great early civilisations. Knots are used as a means of securing and as a form of decoration. There are literally thousands of different named knots and no one can claim to know them all. Despite the development of modern securing methods – man-made clasps, grips, adhesive tapes and so on – knots are still universally employed to tie down loads, fasten packages and moor boats, and for many other uses. Yet, apart from specialist users, very few people these days are familiar with more than one or two knots. In fact, most people can recite half a dozen or so names of knots without knowing how to tie them!
Here are some short how-to videos, showcasing some simple and essential knots that will help enhance your Hook & Line techniques.
Knot No. 1 – Bowline Fixed Loop Knot
Probably the most useful fixed loop knot, the Bowline, (pronounced “bo-lin”) is easy to make and is very reliable as it does not easily slip or jam tight. This is the basic version from which very many variations are formed.
Knot No. 2 – Timber Hitch and Killick Hitch Knot
The Timber Hitch is used, as the name suggests, for dragging timber. It is a simple hitch formed by a few turns in the working end made around the standing part and is only secure while under tension. The Killick Hitch is a Timber Hitch with the addition of a half hitch placed a little further along the load. This extra hitch serves to keep the log in line as it is pulled along. Both these hitches are easily loosened once they have served their purpose.
Knot No. 3 – Sheepshank
The Sheepshank is another basic knot with many variations and extensions. It can be used to shorten a rope without cutting it or to isolate and bypass a weak section of line.
Knot No. 4 – Round Turn & Two Half Hitches
An extremely useful hitch, simple and quick to do but very secure. Used widely for mooring or for securing items to rings, bars, rails and posts.
Knot No. 5 – Overhand Knot
The Overhand Knot, also called the common, simple, single or thumb knot. This most basic of knots is the foundation of many more complex knots.It also has uses in its own right. With practice it can be tied in thread or thin twine with one hand drawing the working end through the loop with the thumb – hence the name, “thumb knot”.
Knot No. 6 – Fisherman Knot
The Fisherman Knot. Despite the name, the Fisherman’s Knot is in fact a bend, used for joining two lengths of line. It is a very simple but effective bend for joining lines of equal diameter.
Knot No. 7 – Figure of Eight Knot
Also called a Flemish Knot, this is another useful stopper knot and is also a variation of the Overhand Knot.
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