Category Archives: Hands-On

Fast Angler’s Loop

This is the fastest knot to produce an eye that cannot pull tight just like a bowline. The Fast Angler’s Loop, also called Tugboat or Flying Bowline is made with one motion in two seconds – but it takes a little practice. The video also shows the additional turn that makes the Fast Angler’s Loop into the True Angler’s Loop, a traditional alternative to the Bowline and perfect for very slippery rope or bungee cord.


The Sheepshank passes the strain over a damaged part in the middle of a line. It is also good for taking up slack in a rope that is fixed at both ends. The Sheepshank only holds under tension but the video also shows an improved and more reliable version.

Icicle Hitch

This is the ultimate stopper knot for difficult gripping tasks. When a rope has to be attached to steel wire to a fastening point on shrouds or backstays or to any other smooth or even pointed object to apply parallel pull, the icicle hitch is the strongest solution – it won’t slip!

Prusik Knot

The Prusik Knot is a friction knot made with a loop or the end of a rope around another rope. It can slide along the rope and holds under load. It can be used for transferring parallel pull to a line but typically the Prusik is used for ascending and abseiling by climbers especially arborists. This can be dangerous for the inexperienced – please use only under supervision and with extreme care!

Munter Hitch

The Munter Hitch is a friction knot made in a karabiner or shackle to hold or lower heavy loads. When used for abseiling, the Munter Hitch should only be made in the wide end of a HMS karabiner. Be careful of friction burns when lowering at speed!

Double Constrictor

The Double Constrictor offers an even stronger and more secure stranglehold than the Single Constrictor. Use it for attachments, ligatures and any repair jobs that requires applying compression. Constrictors can be pulled extremely tight with the aid of a pulley or a winch; however it will then be impossible to loosen the knot – it can only be cut open with a knife.