By Cliff Jacobson

In complete colour, this illustrated how-to booklet covers the pinnacle ten most crucial knots and hitches, twenty-two diversifications, and 4 crucial splices and lashings. There are right-handed and left-handed directions and illustrations for tying each one knot, plus pointers on purchasing and preserving ropes and selecting the right kind knot for the duty handy. This advisor is simple to stick with and sufficiently small to hold outside.

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It’s nothing more than a single half hitch, each made opposite to the other. Similar to a fisherman’s knot, the S-knot has more coils and so is probably more secure, especially in slippery ropes. Finally, slide the knots together to complete the S-knot. Note: If you wrap two turns around each rope it is called the double fisherman’s knot. The square knot jams under tension and falls apart (it becomes two half hitches), if the ropes are very dissimilar or the pull comes unevenly. Thus, if the first knot is formed right-handed (right over left), the second must be made left-handed (left over right).

Finish off with another half hitch high on the post (same way you complete a timber hitch) to keep the post vertical when pulling. Make the loop from a length of parachute cord, completed with a fisherman’s knot. The solution is the sheepshank—an ancient knot used by sailors to shorten rope that’s too long for the job at hand. The sheepshank holds only when there is tension at each end; even then, it sometimes fails. For this reason, it is best to secure it by inserting sticks of wood through the end loops as illustrated.

The solution is the sheepshank—an ancient knot used by sailors to shorten rope that’s too long for the job at hand. The sheepshank holds only when there is tension at each end; even then, it sometimes fails. For this reason, it is best to secure it by inserting sticks of wood through the end loops as illustrated. Use it any time you need to tie an object tightly onto a car top or truck bed. It will look okay if you make it backwards, but it won’t work! If you’re tying something onto a car top, run the working end of the hitch through an S-hook attached to the bumper (steps 3 and 4).

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