Used to join two ropes of unequal thickness or composition. The thinner rope always forms the two turns around the bight of the thicker rope. Both ends should always finish up on the same side of the knot.
Used to join two ropes of similar thickness and composition. The rope ends must be at the same side of the knot. A practical knot for many occasions, but unsafe with very slippery lines under high load. Tested breaking strength: 47% See also: Zeppelin Bend.
A safety knot that forms an eye that pulls tight. Suitable for harnesses, bosun’s chairs or lifelines This extremely reliable knot attaches firmly to a karabiner or shackle making them easier and faster to handle. Also shown: A very secure method of joining two ropes or making loops with two Scaffold Knots. Very high tested breaking strength: 75%
Use the Double Figure Eight knot when a high level of safety is required. The Double Figure Eight creates an eye that will not tighten or become untied, even when subject to repeated changes in load. It is suitable as a safety knot on harnesses, bosun’s chairs or lifelines. Breaking strength: 58%
This is an extremely useful knot. The rolling hitch secures a rope, which can then still be adjusted in length, but it can also be fastened to a taut rope, pipe or similar object, in order to exert or take parallel loads, because it locks into position and does not slip. See also: Icicle Hitch
A very secure and traditional knot to fasten a line tightly to an object. Also called the Fisherman’s Bend, the Anchor Hitch has a high breaking strength of approximately 68% of the breaking strength of the line it is made with.